The best meteor shower of the year happens tonight

A video from NASA shows the origin of the Geminids meteor shower

This special meteor shower can be seen all around the world, reaching its peak between 7:30 p.m. on December 13 and dawn on the morning of December 14.

The Geminids are associated with the near-Earth object 3200 Phaethon, an asteroid that may have undergone a collision with another object in the distant past to produce the stream of particles that Earth runs into - creating the meteor shower, according to the Society.

Meteors, or shooting stars, are specs of dust that collide with our planet and burn up in the atmosphere.

The forecast tonight for Tulsa is mostly clear with a low of 37 degrees.

With the moon largely out of the picture, we can expect the best meteor shower of the year tonight.

Bill Cooke with NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office said the meteors will be seen at a rate of around one per minute under good conditions. These meteors are bright. "The thin, waning crescent moon won't spoil the show".

Individual slow-burning meteors have been breaking out since December 4, but the real show will take place during its peak next week.

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You should also still be able to see individual meteors until Saturday, December 16. [Geminid Meteor Shower 2017: When, Where & How to See It Next]=. To find Gemini, look for the bright constellation Orion (easily visible due to the "belt" of three stars in a row). When you see a meteor, trace it backward.

Liam McDaid, Sacramento City College's astronomy coordinator, said folks in Northern California have the best shot of seeing the most meteors between midnight and dawn.

"They can be seen with the naked eye so there's no need for binoculars or a telescope, though you will need to adjust your eyes to the dark".

Stargazers will be treated to a great view of the Geminid meteor shower late Wednesday night.

For stargazers not willing to fearless the cold, will be airing a live broadcast of the Geminids, courtesy of NASA, beginning at 5:40 p.m.

South Florida skies are forecast to remain clear and cool into Friday, the National Weather Service says.

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