LIVE: NASA hosts chat as Geminid Meteors peak

Posted at 9:44 PM, Dec 13, 2012
and last updated 2012-12-13 23:26:14-05

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year — for spotting a Geminid meteor.

The 2012 Geminid meteor shower is forecast to be particularly lively, and tonight, Thursday, December 13 is its anticipated peak.

From 10 p.m. CST Thursday to 2 a.m. Friday (Dec. 13-14), NASA Television will air live video from a skyward-aimed astronomy camera at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., where meteor experts will be answering questions from the public via a late-night Web chat that starts at 11 p.m. – click here to join in.

Tonight’s forecast calls for clear skies over Huntsville.

Social media users can join the conversation by using the hashtag #Geminid.

Geminids are pieces of debris from an extinct comet called 3200 Phaethon. Earth runs into a stream of debris from 3200 Phaethon every year in mid-December, causing meteors to fly from the constellation Gemini.