The most intense meteor shower of 2017 will be visible in Brampton skies this week, and you can catch a glimpse of the action.
The Geminids meteor shower will bring as many as 120 meteors an hour. It reaches its peak on the night of December 13 into the early morning of the 14th.
The celestial action is expected to be even better than in past years because it falls just days before a new moon, which means the skies will be darker.
The weather in the Brampton area for the night of the 13th is expected to be partly cloudy, so if all goes well, you’ll be able to catch most of the action uninterrupted.
Skywatchers will be able to enjoy the show as skies go dark on Wednesday. NASA expects viewing times to be between 7:30 p.m. on December 13, into dawn on December 14, with peak times being between midnight and 4 a.m.
Geminids, the result of an extinct comet that comes deeper into the Earth’s atmosphere than other meteor showers, will have longer arcs in the sky and will be visible for longer periods.
Although the skies will be darker than usual, the best spots to take in all of the action will be on the outskirts of Brampton or well into neighboring cities north of Brampton where there is less light pollution.