Geminid meteor shower
The 2021 Geminid meteor shower peaks on the night between Dec. 13 and 14. The Geminids are usually one of the best meteors shower of the year, capable of producing 150 or more meteors per hour at a dark site. The meteors are often bright and colorful. The Moon will be 78% full and up for a large portion of the night, which could hamper viewing. We recommend timeanddate.com to help you find ideal times and viewing directions for your location.
The Geminids are caused by debris from an asteroid called 3200 Phaethon. Phaethon's 524-day orbit carries it closer to the Sun than any other asteroid: roughly 21 million kilometers, less than half the distance of Mercury's closest approach to the Sun.