The Geminids will light up the December sky
Today’s Video of the Day from NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory describes what we can see in the sky throughout the month of December.
The Geminid meteor shower will be active from December 4th through the 17th. The shower’s peak will last a full 24 hours from the 13th to the 14th, which means it will be visible all the way around the globe.
To find the Geminids, look for the constellations Orion and Gemini. On the peak night after midnight, skywatchers can see up to 120 meteors per hour in the Northern Hemisphere.
Comet 46P/Wirtanen will also be visible in December, and will make its closest approach to Earth on the 16th.
Saturn will appear near the Moon at sunset December 8 through the 10th, followed by Mars on December 13th through the 15th.
Video Credit: NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory