Marco Bertorello/AFP/Getty Images This week, the skywatchers will experience a flashy double feature: The Geminid Meteor Shower — one of the year's best — will coincide with an unusually close encounter by an asteroid.
While wee hours of the morning are generally the best time to watch for meteors, Sky and Telescope 's Bob King says the Geminids offer "an evening matinee":
"You can spot a modest number of meteors visible starting as early as 9 p.m. because the radiant already stands some 30 high in the eastern sky.
True, a fair number of shower members are cut off by the horizon at that time, but more of us are likely to go out and share it with our children in the evening as opposed to waking before dawn.
Since Geminids travel at moderate to slow speeds and approach us from a low angle at that hour, they can produce brilliant and long-lasting fireballs."
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