A major meteor shower lit up the night sky Thursday night, and many specialists say it was the best celestial show of the year.
The Geminid meteor shower was most visible around 8 p.m. EST Thursday, according to an article by NBC News . As the 9 On Your Side forecast predicated, there were mostly clear skies all evening so Tri-Staters were be able to catch a good view of the shower.
These Geminid meteors originate near the Gemini Twins constellation and are known annually for their "slow, bright, graceful meteors and fireballs."
Some of these magnificent meteors, which NBC says are usually more impressive than the famous Perseid meteors, glow yellow and travel jagged or divided.
What made this year's Geminid show more impressive than others, was the fact that the moon was barely visible, which increased the chances of seeing the meteors in action.
The Gemini constellation could be seen rising in the sky just after dark in the east or northeast horizon, according to the article.
The meteors were most visible later in the evening into the late hours of the night.
Canadian astronomy specialists thought the best show was seen in North Africa, Europe, China and Russia, but North Americans also got a pretty good show as well.
You can watch NASA's recorded stream of the evening to try and catch a few meteors if you missed it Thursday night. The NASA telecast can be viewed in the media player below (tablet and mobile users can view the media player by going to WCPO.com or visiting the following link: http://www.nasa.gov/connect/chat/geminids2012.html . Additional information regarding the meteor shower can also be found at that link)
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