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How to best see the Geminid meteor shower?

An annual spectacular

The Geminid meteor shower is a most awe-inspiring sight. Appearing in bursts of two or three, Geminids travel slower and burn brighter than most other meteors – creating long, glowing arcs of white, yellow, blue, red and green.

Each year the shower reaches its peak on 13 and 14 December, but there's no need to wait till then. The meteors appear every night for two weeks, from 4 till 17 December.

You don’t need to be an expert astronomer to spot the Geminids, and you don't need any specialist equipment. Find out how to watch this year's show – one of the easiest ways to see something really spectacular in the night sky.

Four steps to see the shower

Before you start

The Geminids are very reliable, so it’s likely you’ll see some shooting stars if the sky is clear. The show starts early, around 9pm – earlier than most – so they’re ideal for young spotters. But to see the most intense shower, head out around 2am.

You don’t need any special equipment to see meteors. Just wrap up warm and take something comfortable to lie on.

 Step 1: Go outside and away from artificial light                           

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 Step 2: Allow your eyes to adapt to the dark                             

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Step 3: Lie down, get comfortable and look up at the night sky   

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Step 4: Trace a meteor back to ‘Gemini’

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