The Geminids are considered one of the best and most reliable meteor showers of the year. Tonight the skies in the UK wil be clear, as termperatures will average around 5C and not much cloud has been forecast, according the Met Office. It will more difficult to see the showr tomorrow as the skies will be more cloudy, with potential rain and temperatures will be cooler at 4C.

The peak of the Geminid meteor shower will occur over December 13 and 14. 

The Geminids is different to other meteor showers as Geminid meteors originate from an asteroid, as opposed to a comet, meaning they are very rocky and gritty, making them slightly easier to see than other showers.

Stargazers will be treated to celestial Christmas season light displays when a meteor shower and comet pass over the Earth this week.

Comet Wirtanen will pass close enough to the Earth to be visible to the naked eye in the night sky in rural and suburban areas.

David Moore, editor of Astronomy Ireland magazine, said Comet Wirtanen would be visible to the naked eye in dark rural areas, but also in city suburbs when it was at its brightest.

He added: “We have not had a comet this well placed and bright for many years. We have dubbed Comet Wirtanen ‘the Christmas Comet of 2018’ for this reason.”

The comet’s bright display will be preceded by the shooting stars of the Geminid meteor shower, which will create a Christmas light show for people with their eyes to the heavens.

The annual meteor shower will appear in the skies on Thursday night and Friday morning, with visibility expected to be good despite cloud forecast in eastern areas of England and Scotland.

The Geminids are considered one of the best and most reliable meteor showers of the year, with shooting stars that are commonly bright with long persisting trains.

The Geminids is different to other meteor showers as Geminid meteors originate from an asteroid, as opposed to a comet.

This will mean they are very rocky and gritty, making them slightly easier to see than other showers.

Stargazers will be treated to celestial Christmas season light displays when a meteor shower and comet pass over the Earth this week.

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