Geminid Meteor Shower is Tonight, But St. Louisans Will Probably Miss It

Blame the weather.

Tom Franklin
December 13, 2018 - 9:34 am
Geminid Meteor Shower

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) — The biggest meteor shower of the year happens tonight, but showers of a different kind may ruin the fun.

Rain is in the forecast tonight, during the peak time for the Geminid Meteor Shower. 

"For the Geminids, they're in the constellation Gemini, which rises high enough to be seen after 9 p.m.," St. Louis Science Center astronomer Eric Gustafson told Total Information A.M. this morning. "After that, the later the better."

The best time for viewing the Geminids, if clouds and rain weren't present, would be after midnight. In clear conditions, over 120 meteors per hour can be seen streaking across the night sky.

Gustafson says the Geminids are caused by Earth passing through the tail path of an asteroid. That's unusual, since most meteor showers are caused by Earth passing through the tail paths of comets.

You can hear the complete interview with Gustafson below: