Annual Geminid meteor shower peaks this week over Kansas City

That means they won't leave you saying, "Did I just see a meteor?". It is within this time window that stargazers will witness a shower that boasts anywhere between 20 to 120 meteors per hour.

"The Geminids will be the best shower this year", said Bill Cooke with NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office. "It's either a near-Earth asteroid or an extinct comet, sometimes called a rock comet".

December's robust Geminids are known to throw as many as 120 bright meteors per hour and can be viewed during the evening hours as well as predawn.

The Geminids are named after the Gemini constellation, which is where they appear to radiate from.

Smaller numbers of meteors will be visible one or two days either side of the shower peak. The next time 3200 Phaethon approaches Earth at such a close distance will be 2093.

But in the event that you miss out on the peak, the good news is individual meteors will continue to burst out between now and December 16. As the comet gets close to the sun, the ice melts a bit and releases tiny rocks.

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The Geminids peak during mid-December each year.

"Hold onto your eyepiece!" says Sky and Telescope, noting that Phaethon will be so bright that asteroid buffs can track it through a 3-inch telescope. Without any moonlight, the meteors have a better chance to shine.

"It's just going to be a speck of light that is moving against the background stars".

In 2016, the luminous glow of a full moon obscured the zippy Geminids, but this year the moon is in its crescent phase, a slender slice of light in the sky that shouldn't interrupt the show.

There are plenty of other attractive things to see in the December night sky, Dr Musgrave said. "Although people in the city should be able to see a few".

So pack your camera, deckchair and insect repellent for a night under the stars.

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