It's time for one of the biggest meteor showers of the year! The showers should start to peak around 11 PM EST and should be visible until dawn, and it is estimated that we may see 50-80 meteors per hour, and at certain peaks up to 120 per hour!
From what I can gather from Wikipedia and NASA, it seems as though the Geminid meteor shower originates from an extinct comet known as 3200 Phaethon, while the radiant (or point where the meteors seem to originate from) seems to be in the constellation Gemini. However, the meteor shower should be visible across all of the night sky.
Where I am in Wisconsin, it is currently -2 degrees F, so while the sky is clear and perfect for viewing this spectacular light show, I will probably be able to bear the cold for only a short amount of time. Luckily, with today's technology, it is possible to not only watch tonight's meteor shower on a live video feed on NASA's website, but the website also features a live audio feed and questions about the shower will be answered via live web chat by NASA meteor experts. Click here to check out these live feeds!
I have listened to the live audio of this meteor shower a few times in the past hour or so, and so far it's hard to know what I'm hearing... so if you hear something distinct, let me know! The live chat starts around 11 PM EST and I'm a little curious to learn more about this phenomenon.
Enjoy the show!