If you're willing to stay up past your bedtime and courageous the freezing temperatures - it's expected to be in the 20s this evening in the city - you'll be treated to a look at the annual Geminid meteor shower, the best display of the year.
The Geminid meteor shower is one of the best of the year.
Folks across the north-central and northeastern USA will have to bundle up, as some of the coldest temperatures of the year are expected Wednesday night, AccuWeather said.
At the time of the Civil War, the shower's peak rate was about 30 meteors an hour.
The meteors will radiate from the constellation Gemini, hence the name of the shower.
GETTYGeminids 2017 The annual meteor shower peaks this year between December 13 and December 14
Geminids are created by tiny fragments that break off the asteroid 3200 Phaethon. That's why some researchers call Phaethon a "rock comet". Observers will see fewer Geminids in the Southern Hemisphere. The Geminids meteor shower is set to peak in the early morning hours of Thursday, although you may be able to catch some "shooting stars" Wednesday night, too.
NASA meteor expert Bill Cooke said this will be the "best shower this year", in large part because the waning crescent moon means the sky will be dark and viewing conditions good.
At its peak, people can expect to see, on average, 1 to 2 meteors per minute.
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