You could send off 2019 with a raucous New Year’s Eve party full of irresponsible decisions, or you could celebrate by watching the year’s last big meteor shower (or you know, just do both). The Geminid meteor shower, one of the brightest there is, will streak across the skies tonight, December 13, 2019, and you may be able to catch between 30 and 40 meteors per hour.
The best time to watch the shower will be around 2:00 AM on the morning of December 14, when the meteors are at their peak. Unfortunately, the nearly full moon will make visibility less than optimal, so you’ll want to find the darkest skies you can, away from light pollution, for the best viewing experience. Since the Geminids are brighter than standard meteors, you should still be able to enjoy a pretty spectacular show. There’s no need for you to have any sort of equipment to see the celestial spectacle — just lay back, look up, and remember to give your eyes about 20 minutes to adjust to the darkness.