2013 Geminid Meteor Shower: Where to Best View Meteor Shower Peak on Dec 13 and 14

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By Jenalyn Villamarin | December 13, 2013 1:26 PM EST

As the 2013 Geminid meteor shower peaks on Friday night, Dec 13, cloudy skies will give the spectators a problem in their viewing conditions. However, there are still places that the sky watchers can head to in order to have a best view of the Geminid meteor shower.

According to the AccuWeather report, the best places in viewing the Geminid meteor shower will be across the Southwest in California, Arizona and New Mexico into parts of Nevada and northwestern Texas. For the majority of the eastern region of the Mississippi River, the cloudy skies will be hindering the view of sky watchers from Pennsylvania westward through Chicago and southwestward to the Gulf.

A weather disturbance moving through the northern and central Rockies created cloudy skies over the area. With that, viewers in Salt Lake City, Utah, Yellowstone National Park and areas of Montana will be not be able to see the remarkable display.

However, the northern New England will get lucky from the rest of Northeast's cloudy conditions. Maine, northern Vermont and northern New Hampshire sky watchers can catch a glimpse of the Geminids meteor shower.

The Los Angeles Times report recommends stay up late and get up early to best view the Geminid meteor display this weekend. "We'll have interference from moonlight in the sky this year but the brighter meteors will shine through anyway. You'll probably see quite a few," Robert Naeye, editor in chief of Sky & Telescope magazine stated.

Gregg McCambley, the AccuWeather astronomy expert, suggests the best time to view the 2013 Geminid meteor shower is before sunrise on Saturday, Dec 14, because the Moon will be bright on Friday night, Dec 13.

Viewers can expect 80 to 120 meteors per hour as well as fireballs during the Geminids' annual sky display provided that the skies are clear. Another best way to catch the fireballs display without the use of a telescope is to find a location with a clear view of the night sky with as little light as possible and bring a chair where legs can be stretched out while viewing the Geminid meteor shower.

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