If you look up to the evening skies this weekend, you may see something pretty special.
This weekend, you'll be able to witness the remarkable Geminid meteor shower and, if the skies are clear, stargazers will be able to see more than one hundred stars.
Scroll on to find out where and when you can see the stunning display in your area...
This weekend, the Geminid meteor shower will take place.
via: GettyAnd, even more excitingly, it's set to be a shower of many different colors.
But, first thing's first...
via: GettyWhat exactly is a meteor shower?
Meteors are actually leftover particles of comet dust.
via: GettyAnd they're often referred to as "shooting stars" because of the strikingly dazzling mark they leave in our skies.
The dust and debris "light up" when they hit our earth's atmosphere...
via: GettyAnd that's how we're able to see them from such a vast distance.
But Geminid showers are particularly special...
via: GettyBecause they are known for their brightness and color, with them often glowing yellow, blue, and green.
And, amazingly, you're set to see them this weekend!
via: GettyYep, the Geminid season is officially upon us.
"It's worth braving the cold during this shower's peak."
via: Getty"The Geminids offer the best display of 'shooting stars' all year," says Diana Hannikainen, the observing editor at Sky & Telescope.
But the best part of it all?
via: GettyNo special equipment will be needed, as the meteor showers are able to be viewed by the naked eye.
So, if you simply want a good view...
via: GettyIt has been recommended to find a spot with as little light pollution as possible - or, to put it simply, an area with no surrounding street lights or tall buildings.
And there are certain areas where the shower can be best viewed...
via: Getty"If it's not cloudy, get away from bright lights, lie on your back, and look up. Remember to let your eyes get adjusted to the dark – you'll see more meteors that way," NASA advises.
But the meteorologists have warned...
via: GettyThere will be fewer meteors visible in the sky than in previous showers, due to natural light pollution from the bright, very nearly, full moon.
It's needless to say, people are very excited...
Now, when will we be able to see this spectacular display?!
via: GettyWell, the show takes place from December 4th to December 17th, with the best views on the evening of the 13th, which is this coming Sunday.
And what time do you need to look up?
via: GettyWell, 8 pm is the ideal viewing time in the northern hemisphere - with midnight being a better option in the southern.
Make sure you don't miss it!
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