Amateur astronomers should soon look to the skies for a spectacular display. Mark your calendars for Friday, Dec. 14 — the date on which the Geminid meteor shower will peak.
Start watching the skies on Thursday evening around 10 p.m. Things will start slow but really pick up after midnight. By the time dawn rolls around that Friday, expect to see dozens of bright meteors streaking across the sky every hour.
Most meteor showers come from comets, but this one is different. The meteors of Geminid come from an object named 3200 Phaethon, which is passing near to Earth.