This Week’s Night Sky: Meteors, Comet, and a Snow Globe
You can still catch the Geminid meteor shower, a ball of stars, or a glimpse of greenish Uranus.
(See our viewing guide to the Geminids.)
The best views will be from the dark countryside, far from city lights, where you can see up to 100 shooting stars visible per hour. From suburbs, these numbers are expected to drop to 20 to 60 meteors per hour, depending on local light-pollution levels. But even in light-polluted urban centers across the Northern Hemisphere, the brightest meteors, called fireballs, should be easily visible.
Even you get clouded out Monday night, the Geminids should be visible well into the end of the week, though with more modest rates of shooting stars per hour. And with mostly moonless nights this week, there promise to be plenty of meteors visible—as long as you have clear