The final major meteor shower of every year (unless one surprises us!) is always the December Geminid shower, often producing 50 or more meteors per hour. It is a beloved shower, because, as a general rule, it’s either the August Perseids or the December Geminids that give us the most prolific display of the year. In 2013, you’ll need to work around the moon to get the most out of the the Geminid meteor. If you do that, you have a shot at seeing some meteors!
When should you watch for Geminid meteors in 2013? The peak of the Geminid shower is typically around 2 a.m. local time on these nights, because that’s when the shower’s radiant point is highest in the sky as seen around the world. However, in 2013, the moon is in the way. Best viewing of the Geminids will probably be in the hours before dawn on December 13 and 14.