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Geminid meteor shower: four viewing tips

Geminid meteor shower activities mean a late, cold night for viewers. But meteor showers are one of space's most spectacular shows for skywatchers.

When and where to watch

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A view of the 2009 Gemenid meteor shower from in Qingdao, China.

Find a spot as far away from city lights as possible and with a horizon (that means tree-tops as well) as low as possible.

The peak actually is to occur at about 2 p.m. Eastern Standard Time Wednesday. But the shower, which typically produces more than 100 meteors an hour during its peak under dark skies, should provide a show both Tuesday and Wednesday nights.

The event will be a bit less spectacular than it otherwise might be, though, because of the bright moon.

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