Geminid meteor shower will bring brightest shower of the year

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INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) — The winter meteor shower is quickly approaching.

On Dec. 13 and 14, the Geminid meteor shower will light up the sky. This particular shower is known to be the brightest of the year.

"This year, there will be more than 1 per minute, reaching 100 meteors per hour. Under light-polluted skies, fewer meteors will be visible," according to Space.com.

The best time to see the meteors will be around 2 a.m. local time and because the moon will set around midnight, there will not be any moonlight to interfere with the meteor show. However, they can be seen as early as 9 p.m.


The Geminid meteor shower is nearly 200 years old, Space.com reported, and was first recorded in 1833.

The meteor shower will not require binoculars to see, but experts suggest allowing your eyes to adjust to the darkness for 20-30 minutes before the meteor shower.

Best viewing areas will be in the western half of the United States but all areas should be able to enjoy some of the Geminid meteor shower.