How to Watch the Geminid Meteor Shower<p>
False-color composite view of 2008 Geminid meteor shower (NASA/MSFC/B. Cooke, NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office)

The final meteor shower of the year is the Geminid Meteor Shower. You may only get to see a few meteors because the moonlight will make it difficult to see meteors. Try going to the darkest sky possible, especially on December 13th and 14th, because that's when the meteors are expected to peak. Look for them an hour or two after midnight. The meteors may be seen in all parts of the sky, but they appear to radiate from the constellation Gemini.

You can join the NASA Up All Night Chat from NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center on Dec. 13 at 11 p.m. EST, and stay up until 5 a.m. EST to see the meteor shower. A Ustream feed from the fireball camera network will be broadcast during the web chat and meteor experts will be up all night answering your questions.

You'll also want to read EarthSky's Ten tips for watching the Geminid meteor shower.

Educators will enjoy these free downloadable activities:

Meteorite or MeteorWrong?
Where are meteors from, how'd they get here and what are they made of? Learn all about meteorites with this hands-on activity and compare the characteristics of meteorites and Earth rocks.

Heads Up! It's a Meteor Shower Handout!
Share the wonders of meteor showers with this handout that gives visitors tips for observing, illustrates where they come from and gives a calendar of the major meteor showers.

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Wishing you clear skies and happy stargazing!