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Watch Out for the Geminids Meteor Shower

This story was first published on 13 December 2017 and was updated on 14 December 2018 by Leigh Hermon.

South Africans are in for a treat tonight when the Geminids Meteor Shower peaks.

The meteor shower started around 13 December and will peak this evening at about 10pm until about sunrise the next morning. According to the Bronberg Weather Station in Pretoria, star gazers can expect to see around 120 streaks an hour.

These meteor showers are dust grains from asteroids that become visible every time the earth passes through a stream. We know them more commonly as shooting stars, and tonight there will be hundreds of opportunities to make a wish.

According to NASA, Geminids are best viewed from the darkest spot in your garden. No special equipment is needed to view the event.

To see what to expect, watch the Geminids Meteor Shower from 2015 below.

Want to spend more time gazing at the heavens? Then take a look at our story about The Rise of Astro Tourism in Southern Africa.

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