Geminid Meteor Shower 2010

By Elvira Sakmari
|  Monday, Dec 13, 2010  |  Updated 6:45 PM CDT
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Celestial Showstopper Expected Tonight

A Geminid meteor streaks diagonally across the sky against a field of star trails behind one of the peaks of the Seven Sisters rock formation in this long exposure early December 14, 2007 in the Valley of Fire State Park in Nevada. The meteor display, known as the Geminid meteor shower because it appears to radiate from near the star Castor in the constellation Gemini, is thought to be the result of debris cast off from an asteroid-like object called 3200 Phaeton. The shower is visible every December. (

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It's a celestial show you won't want to miss as Monday night's Geminid meteor shower is expected to be especially good.

Experts tell the Star-Telegram that the combination of no clouds, an early setting moon and the number of meteors expected between midnight and sunrise will make it a light show to remember.

NASA even went as far as to call it a showstopper.

But don't count on walking outside and looking up, you'll need to get away from the city lights to see the meteor shower.

One website offered this tip, "if you can see each star of the Little Dipper, your eyes have 'dark adapted,' and your chosen site is probably dark enough." The website also offered that you'll be looking to the northern sky.

Astronomers say that at the height of the shower they are expecting more than 100 meteors an hour varying in actual size from grains of sand to basketballs.

If you capture the Geminid meteor shower on camera, email your photos or videos to isee@nbcdfw.com.

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