You won't need a telescope to see the spectacular annual Geminids meteor show to brighten our sky tonight.
The meteor show will occur from midnight on Monday, December 14 and Tuesday, December 15. It will shine its brightest between 2.30AM-5.00AM (AEDT) Tuesday morning.
Meteor showers usually occur as Earth passes through the debris trails left behind by comets. However, this iconic event is known to be the brightest as Earth passes through one of the densest debris fields in our orbit around the sun making. The denser the debris, the more spectacular the show.
"With the Geminids, you can expect between 22 and 100 shooting stars per hour, so it's kind of a shower of rocks down on the earth," Australian National University astronomer Brad Tucker said.
"Last year when the meteor shower occurred the moon kind of washed out some of them [but] this year it's a new moon, so the sky will be dark, which means you can see a lot more meteors and a lot more of the fainter meteors.”
Star trail image of the 2012 Geminids meteor shower in Thailand