Geminid meteor shower peaks in Fort Wayne area between midnight tonight and early Thursday, but we’ll need clear skies to see it

Skies in the Fort Wayne area may not clear in time tonight, but, if they do, you may want to step out late tonight or very early Thursday morning to try catching a glimpse of one of the best meteor showers of the year.

The Geminid meteor shower reaches its peak between midnight tonight and early Thursday morning, it says on the Night Sky Network web page of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) at https://nightsky.jpl.nasa.gov/event-view.cfm?Event_ID=89562.

The National Weather Service office in Syracuse predicts cloud cover should diminish from very cloudy around midnight to 50 percent clouds by 4 a.m. Thursday and 20 percent by 7 a.m. Thursday.

For best meteor shower viewing, go to a dark area outdoors, bring extra blankets to stay warm and let your eyes adjust to the dark sky, the JPL web page said. You can bring a chair to sit in or you can lie on your back on a blanket.

Once your eyes have adjusted, scan the entire sky for meteors, the web page said.

For more viewing tips, check out the JPL’s “What’s Up for December 2017” stargazing video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AV-w9U9h0U8&feature=youtu.be.

You also can download a Night Sky Network meteor-viewing handout at https://nightsky.jpl.nasa.gov/download-view.cfm?Doc_ID=461.

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