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Geminid meteor shower arrives overnight

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TUCSON – One of the year’s best meteor showers is ready to put on a show over the Sonoran Desert.

The Geminid meteor shower peaks Wednesday and Thursday during the early morning hours. While most meteor showers originate from comet remnants, the Geminids are a result of remnants from an asteroid interacting with the Earth’s atmosphere.

NASA estimates up to 120 meteors per hour could be seen streaking across all parts of the sky.

Primetime for viewing is around 2 AM, according to astronomy website EarthSky. They also suggest to give your eyes about 20 minutes to adapt to the dark for optimal viewing.

Click here for a NASA livestream of the Geminid meteor shower from the Automated Lunar and Meteor Observatory at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama.

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