3 of the best meteor showers of the year just hit Washington

This month, the years 11 and 12 are holding the best meteor showers of the year.

The Geminid Meteor Shower is an annual August fireball event with a penchant for shooting stars peaking from Nov. 13-20 this year. The peak won’t come until the early morning of Saturday, Nov. 16, so get out your lawn chairs and your smartphone to witness what are predicted to be some of the best Geminids of the year.

The Geminids—known as the “Taurid” in some circles—are made up of dust and rubble from a comet. The minor planets are visible near the Geminids this year, which makes shooting stars glow brighter.

Most meteors form from the Orionids in October, the Orionids in November, and the Eta Aquarids in December. But the Geminids aren’t from the larger Eta Aquarids, which are usually on their own in November. There could be other meteor showers this month, but the Geminids are forecast to peak sooner.

The Geminids are one of a number of meteor showers to watch in the sky this month.

Other noteworthy events you might want to see:

The Perseids, peaking from July 10-Aug. 12

The Perseids are a best time to see shooting stars, especially between 11 p.m. and 2 a.m. Unfortunately, with rising temperatures from the heat wave, you might want to stay out of the sun when taking in the Perseids.

Geminids, peaking from Nov. 8-13

After the end of this month’s shower, you’ll have to wait until Nov. 13 to catch the next peak of the Geminids. A new moon will wash out the stars.

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