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A meteor streaks across the sky during the annual Geminid meteor shower Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012, near Lafayette, Ind. The Geminid meteor shower lasted two nights and peaked early Friday morning. The meteors radiate from the region of sky containing the constellation Gemini which give them their name. (AP Photo/Journal & Courier, Michael Heinz) The Associated Press
The annual Geminid meteor shower — the most intense of the year — will peak Friday night.
The best viewing may be early Saturday, once the moon sets, the Associated Press reports. Between 100 and 120 meteors are expected every hour at peak time. But scientists say the bright moon will interfere and reduce the number of visible meteors by half. That's why the best shot for viewing may be closer to dawn on Saturday.
However, EarthSky, a website focused on astronomy news, says viewing may be best tonight. The the moon will set earlier then, it noted, giving meteor watchers "more dark time before dawn."
The Geminids come from a small asteroid named 3200 Phaethon, which passes quite close to the sun. Its trail of dust and debris is what makes up the Geminids. Earth passes through this stream of debris every December.
The meteor shower extends from Thursday through Monday.
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