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Although the Geminid shower is known for its "shooting stars", the number of meteors visible depends on the time and how dark it is.

The Geminid meteor shower peaks this week, so hope for clear skies that will let you see a handsome show of green fireballs on Thursday and Friday.

Every December, Earth's own orbit takes the planet through Phaethon's debris trail, giving rise to the meteor shower.

The darker the skies, the more meteors you are likely to see, but some are bright enough to see in even less-than-favorable conditions. Given this is a meteor shower, it will be hard to see this in cities due to light pollution.

A general view of the Geminid meteor shower, in El Teide National Park on the Canary Island of Tenerife, on December 13, 2012.

To experience the celestial show of meteors, you do not need to have a telescope or binoculars. A large field is ideal because you can then let your eyes roam across the whole sky.

Named after the constellation Gemini they appear to radiate from, the Geminids are also unique in another aspect. Despite the Geminid meteors being bright and green, they can't compete with a well-lit city.

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Dress in warm layers and respect the elements; bring supplies like hand-warmers or coffee in a thermos and don't stray far from your vehicle or other warm location in case you find yourself getting too cold.

In flawless conditions, you will be able to see up to 120 shooting stars an hour. So if you're going to watch, that'll probably be the best day to do it.

Patience is your best friend when watching a meteor shower.

How many shooting stars will there be?

And give your eyes about 20 to 30 minutes to adjust to the darkness - without looking at your phone - so meteors are easier to spot.

Luckily for us, most of these meteoroids are smaller than a grain of sand, meaning they will usually burn up and disintegrate before they reach the Earth's surface. The peak viewing time is 2 to 3 a.m. local time. However, they can appear nearly anywhere in the night sky, and often appear yellowish in hue.

Geminid Meteor Shower will be visible from across the globe, including both Northern Hemisphere of the Earth This means, people in India will also be able to view the meteor shower.


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