Look up at the sky late tonight and if the weather cooperates, you may just catch the best meteor display of the year. The Geminid Meteor Shower is one of the largest and most consistent showers, with up to a meteor a minute streaking by above as the Earth passes through a trail of dust and debris left over from, according to NASA, "a weird, rocky object named 3200 Phaethon." When that debris hits Earth's atmosphere, we get shooting stars.
"With August's Perseids obscured by bright moonlight, the Geminids will be the best shower this year," said Bill Cooke with NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office in a state. "The thin, waning crescent Moon won't spoil the show."
While December in the Pacific Northwest is generally a terrible time for sky watching, this year could be different, with little cloud cover in the forecast. However, that doesn't mean you'll be able to see the show in all its glory from the city, thanks to urban light pollution. If you can get away, head east toward North Bend and Snoqualmie, where the skies should be dark enough to get the full show, which is predicted to peak between 9 p.m. tonight and dawn tomorrow.
The Seattle Astronomical Society is hosting a public viewing at Snoqualmie Point Park beginning at 7 p.m., but if you'd rather not put on pants and leave the house, you can also watch the NASA Geminid shower livestream here.