U.S.

Geminid Meteor Shower Live Stream Time 2018: How to Watch the Shooting Stars Online

The Geminid meteor shower is set to peak Thursday night into Friday morning and people all over the world were getting ready to see the last big meteor shower of 2018. Of course, optimal viewing conditions for a meteor shower include being somewhere far from light pollution and outdoors, which for some people just isn't an option. 

For those who can't make it outside to view the meteors as they fall Thursday night and Friday morning there are some people who are planning to live stream the event. 

The meteor shower was set to be streamed through Slooh, a network of telescopes, on Thursday night as well. That stream was set to begin at 6 p.m. EST Thursday night for those looking to catch the meteor shower live without heading outside. It can be viewed online at the Slooh website or below.

The meteors in the Geminid meteor shower appear to come from the constellation Gemini. This is called the radiant because the meteors, or shooting stars, appear to radiate from the constellation. But they actually are thought to come from 3200 Phaethon, a space rock that shares characteristics similar to both a comet and an asteroid. It was originally considered to be an asteroid but now NASA considers it an extinct comet.

As it travels it leaves a trail, and when Earth passes through that trail each year in December, the bits stream through the Earth's atmosphere and create what's known as the Geminid meteor shower. 

It first became a spectacle shortly in the early 1800s and at that time was weak, and according to NASA, it attracted very little attention. Now the shower is a major event and during its peak can produce upwards of 100 or 120 meteors an hour. 

The cameras on the International Space Station are always capturing the Earth from above but there's a special camera on board for capturing meteors from up ahead. The camera records video from the Window Observational Research Facility but there's no live stream of it. There is however a stream of the Earth from the station at all times called earth views, available on NASA TV and on NASA's YouTube channel. 

Those who do plan to go outside to try and see the meteors should be sure to bundle up if it's cold where they are and should give their eyes at least half an hour to adjust to the dark before the peak of the show around 2 a.m.

geminid20091209-full An outburst of meteors lights up the sky in August 2009 in this time-lapse image. Thursday evening the Gemini meteor shower will peak. Jet Propulsion Laboratory/NASA

Join the Discussion

Editor's Pick