How to Watch One of the Biggest Meteor Shower of 2021

The Geminid Meteor Shower is one of the most highly anticipated astronomical event annually.

Leo Lee, contributor

Considered one of the biggest in 2021, the Geminid Meteor Shower is an annual event that lasts a couple weeks in December. Meteor showers occur when the Earth passes through a trail of debris left by an asteroid or comet. As Earth travels through the trail of debris, dust burns up in Earth’s atmosphere which causes meteor showers. The asteroid that causes the Geminid Meteor Shower is the 3200 Phaethon.

A radar image of 3200 Phaethon taken on December 17, 2017.

This year, The Geminid Meteor Shower will last between December 4th and December 17th. At the time of this writing, it has not peaked yet, but will peak the night of December 13 and the morning of December 14. During its peak, you may even be able to see 2-3 meteors every minute. What’s special about meteor showers is that there is no specific point in the sky to watch it. All you have to do is find a dark place at 9 p.m to 5 a.m, and you will be able to see the Geminid Meteor Shower. However, to get the best view, you have to find the star Castor in the constellation Gemini. To see Castor, all you have to do is look low in the east-northeast sky around 9 p.m.

According to NASA, The Geminids are “the best and most reliable annual meteor showers.” It is also a time where you can bring your family and friends, and spend time together as you watch the night sky. As 2021’s Geminid Meteor Shower is coming to an end in a few days, you don’t want to miss out on it!