Skywatchers will be able to enjoy Geminids meteor shower 2011 on Tuesday and Wednesday, with more than one shooting star per minute glazing before the eyes of lucky spectators if the seeing is good. The Geminids are famous mainly for they first appeared in the 1860s unlike other meteor shower that are well known for centuries. The Perseids appear in August, while the Leonids in November but only in the 1860s skywatchers witnessed the appearance of the Geminids.
Those watching the Geminids meteor shower in 2011 should be aware that greater number of shooting stars can be seen in the morning hours, while meteors are usually seen for several nights after the meteor shower peak, which this year is on Wednesday.
Occasionally, meteors appear in clusters, while streaks could appear anywhere in the sky. The Geminids meteor shower can be watched without special equipment but advisably at a dark place, away from the city lights, astronomers said.