You Should Watch The Geminid Meteor Shower This Weekend
Tomorrow night, the Geminid Meteor Shower will regale the planet from evening to dawn, which means you can spend your Friday the 13th watching fireballs at a rate of 100 to 120 meteors per hour fall through the sky. And it's free!
According to star experts, this year's show will peak Friday night and entertain us through the predawn hours of Saturday. The longer you stay up, the more meteors you will see (May we suggest you order the "Red Eye" from your nearest coffee shop).
As USA Today noted, the Geminids are one of the coolest meteor showers of the year, producing something like 50 falling stars every hour. From what we've read, it seems California is one of the few places where you'll be able to view this amazingness with much clarity.
Meteor showers occur when the Earth passes through a comet's dust trail. "The dust bits burn up in the Earth's atmosphere as we plow through the cloud," says Benjamin Burress, an astronomer at the Chabot Space & Science Center in Oakland told USA Today.
Get those sleeping bags ready.