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Geminid meteor shower should peak Wednesday night, with clear skies and a sliver of a moon

The Geminid meteor shower is supposed to peak overnight Wednesday.

Every year around this time, the Earth passes through debris from a comet-like asteroid to produce the Geminids.

"According to the best experts in the world, if you start looking in the northeast sky, just after sunset you could see in dark skies upwards of 50 to maybe 75 of these shooting stars," said astronomer Steven Kates. 

He says most of the meteors are about the size of a corn flake.

Forecasts call for clear skies, and with only a sliver of a moon, conditions for viewing are ideal.

The Geminids run through Dec. 24.

Ron Dungan was a senior field correspondent at KJZZ from 2020 to 2024.