The rain will be maximum during the night of December 13 to 14, with rates of about one per minute in good condition. It is the rain of the Geminids, and promises to be the best event of this kind of the year.
The Geminids can be seen with the naked eye under clear and dark skies in most of the world, although the best view is of the northern hemisphere.
According to Bill Cooke, of NASA’s Meteoroid Environment Office:
With the August Perseids darkened by the bright light of the moon, the Geminids will be the best meteor shower this year. The waning moon will not ruin the show.
The Geminids are active every December, when the Earth passes through a massive trail of dusty debris thrown by a strange and rocky object called 3200 Phaeton. It is an asteroid near Earth or an extinct comet, sometimes called a rocky comet.