Large Meteor Set To Light Up The Sky This Weekend

CAPE CANAVERAL (CBSMiami) – It’s not quite the 4th of July, but there will be quite a sky show this weekend thanks to a meteor shower.

The annual Geminids meteor shower, which will be the most intense of the year, will peak on Friday night. The best viewing though will be early Saturday after the moon sets.

Scientists said the bright moon will interfere and reduce the number of visible meteors by up to half.

NASA expects between 100 and 120 meteors every hour at peak time.

The Geminids come from a small asteroid named 3200 Phaethon, which passes quite close to the sun. Its trail of dust and debris is what makes up the Geminids. Earth passes through this stream of debris every December.

The meteor shower extends from Thursday through Monday.

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