Showers of up to 120 shooting stars an hour could be visible in the skies over Britain this week as an annual meteor shower peaks.
Early night stargazers should turn their backs to the moon and allow their eyes to adjust to the darkness for about a half hour.
The Geminid shower occurs when Earth passes through a trail of dusty debris shed by a rocky object named 3200 Phaethon.
"Although the meteors will appear to have Gemini as their point of origin, they can appear anywhere in the night sky".
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The Geminid shower comes as news of a "Christmas comet" is expected to pass earth later this week. Phaethon is a unusual blue asteroid that scientists named after its namesake- the Greek God Apollo's son.
"Star gazers will be looking for clear, cloudless skies to have the best possible chance of catching a glimpse of the meteor shower", said a Met office spokesperson.
King noted slow-moving meteors-Geminid Earthgrazers-should be visible as early as 7-8 p.m. and are known to flare for a long time before fading out as they scrape the top of the atmosphere and burn more slowly.
The Geminid meteors come from an asteroid with the name 3200 Phaethon, an asteroid that orbits the sun every 1.4 years.
Where to watch it in India? .
The spectacular event is set to coincide with a space rock dubbed the Christmas comet, tipped to be the brightest of the year, passing overhead tonight.
To experience the celestial show, you do not need to have a telescope or binoculars. If you are in India, the best time to watch it is from midnight (12 am) to 2 am on December 14 (Friday).
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