Every December, the Earth's rotation puts it in the path of debris from the object 3200 Phaethon (either an asteroid or an extinct comet—the astro-jury is still out). When that happens, the dust and grit burns up upon with the Earth's atmosphere, creating the most biggest and most vivid annual meteor shower: The Geminids.
This year, the Geminid shower will be clearly visible from the Northern Hemisphere late in the evening on Thursday, December 13, and before dawn on Friday, December 14. Sky & Telescope that those who have trouble getting up early venture out Thursday evening after , around 10:30 p.m. across the U.S. However, the peak viewing opportunity will be around 7:30 a.m. Eastern on Friday morning.
As always, the most important thing for stargazing hopefuls is to get as far away from light pollution as possible. People out in the countryside will be able to see upward of one meteor per minute; per , those in the suburbs will see more like 30 to 40 per hour, and people in the city unfortunately won't be able to see much at all.
You don't need extra equipment to watch a meteor shower—part of their magic is that they're visible to the naked eye. The meteors will appear to radiate from the constellation Gemini, which is how these events get their names. But for a closer, more detailed look, here are some binoculars to consider.
The Best Stargazing Binoculars and Accessories
The ultimate beginner binoculars for any budding astronomer, the Cometron's 50mm objective lens make sure to capture lots of light for gazing clear night skies.
A step up from beginner binoculars, the Aculon is designed with maximum portability in mind, making for some surprisingly light binoculars.
With a 100mm objective lens for maximum light gathering, this is the Rolls-Royce of stargazing binoculars, but you're going to want a tripod for keeping things in focus.
Perfect for scope and binoculars, the TrailSeeker tripod extends from 19 inches to 70 inches and can even hold most small telescopes when you're ready for a stargazing upgrade.
Best of luck finding a dark spot with clear skies. Wear something warm. If you're interested in some next-level stargazing, check out our guide on how to take professional-level photographs of the stars.