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Geminid Meteor Shower 2018 Know All About the Brightest Winter Shower of the Year

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An early Christmas gift will grace Canadian skies next week as meteor showers will brighten the atmosphere on December 13 or 14, depending on your time zone.

The Geminids are one of the three most prolific meteor showers of the year, along with the Quadrantids in January and the Perseids in August.

The outer-space website says that the meteors will be cutting stripes of light en-masse this year, with more than 1 meteor appearing per minute and up to 100 meteors passing per hour. During this time, there's the possibility of sighting over 50 meteors per hour across all parts of the sky.

While the showers are easier to see, as is always the case with these things, to get a decent view you'll need to find somewhere away from light pollution.

The Geminid meteor shower is almost 200 years old, according to known records - the first recorded observation was in 1833 from a riverboat on the Mississippi River - and is still going strong.

Thanks to a lack of moonlight interference, the Geminids should also be seen easily with the naked eye on both Thursday and Friday after dark, it added.

Since then, the shower has only grown as Jupiter's gravity has pulled the stream of particles that follow asteroid 3200 Phaethon - which comprises the meteor shower - and moved them closer to Earth over time.

It may take 15 to 20 minutes to adjust to the light; thereafter you can have a clear view of the sky.

Residents looking for some late night entertainment may want to bundle up next weekend and witness the final meteor shower of 2018.

Once you've found a good viewing spot, lie down on the ground and look up in the direction of the radiant.

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