1. An annual spectacular
The Geminid meteor shower is a most awe-inspiring sight. Appearing in bursts of two or three, Geminids travel slower and burn brighter than most other meteors – creating long, glowing arcs of white, yellow, blue, red and green.
Each year the shower reaches its peak on 13 and 14 December, but there's no need to wait till then. The meteors appear every night for two weeks, from 4 till 17 December.
You don’t need to be an expert astronomer to spot the Geminids, and you don't need any specialist equipment. Find out how to watch this year's show – one of the easiest ways to see something really spectacular in the night sky.
2. How many per hour can I expect?
How many Geminid meteors might you see in one peak-activity hour?
4. Spotting the meteors
Meteors are made by small space rocks called meteoroids burning up as they hit the Earth's atmosphere. They create bright streaks of light which vary in style, colour and intensity, depending on when you watch them and their chemical composition. You can get an idea of what to look for with this gallery of photographs.
5. WATCH: Why do the Geminids appear every year?
Watch the 60-second animation to find out why the Geminids appear every year, and what makes them so unusual.
The Geminid meteors are really pieces of rocky debris from an extinct comet, racing round the Solar System, in a lonely orbit.