The Geminids Meteor Shower 2012 peaks overnight Dec.13 and Dec.14 and good visibility of the showers seems feasible, Patch has reported.
While Perseids Meteor Shower 2012 hogged the limelight in August, the Geminids appear to be relatively a younger meteor shower that occurred first in the 1830s at rates of about 20 per hour.
Over the decades the rates appear to have increased to 80 and 120 per hour at its peak. The meteor with its reported origins from an object known as 3200 Phaethon is considered to be an asteroid and not a comet.
Twitter has already elicited responses on the handle #meteorwatch that includes sky gazers waiting in anticipation for the big day, to photos of showers taken on the previous occasions and YouTube videos detailing on the meteor showers.
Apparently, both the Perseids and the Geminids provide for the most brilliant display every year. And the new moon occurrence during the same period guarantees a dark sky on the peak night, Earthsky has reported.
The Geminids are likely to be visible by 9 p.m. or 10 p.m. local time and are likely to peak around 2 a.m. local time. The best view of the Geminids are usually between 1 a.m. and 3 a.m. Dec.14, according to Earthsky.
The Geminids get their name as they appear to originate from the constellation Gemini.