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Geminid Meteor Shower Should Be A Great Show Thursday Night

By Terry Eliasen, WBZ-TV Executive Weather Producer
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Viewer photos of meteor in Seekonk on 12/13/12.

Viewer photos of meteor in Seekonk on 12/13/12.

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BOSTON (CBS) – We are in for a special treat Thursday night. The Geminid Meteor Shower is set to peak overnight, and is generally regarded as one of the best meteor showers of the year.

Beginning around 10 p.m. and lasting until dawn on Friday, you can expect to see about one meteor per minute and perhaps up to 100 per hour!

A viewer from Seekonk sent in pictures of a meteor that was seen shortly after 4pm Thursday.

Geminids can be seen anywhere in the night sky but, if you trace their direction back, you will find that they generally come from the constellation Gemini.

We have two things working in our favor tonight. First, there will not be any moonlight to brighten the sky, and second, skies are forecast to be mainly clear.

Some tips for viewing: get away from city lights, sit back and be patient. Look where the sky is darkest, typically straight up.

And if you have the ability to take some pictures or video, we would love to see it! Send it to weather@cbsboston.com …enjoy!

One final note, if it’s too cold to go out, you can tune in from your computer. NASA has chat and a live cam streaming all night.

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