The Geminid meteor shower peaks Thursday night after midnight, but the annual celestial display considered among the best will begin to blaze at 9 p.m. or earlier.

- As with any celestial display, the darker the better, move away from lights. The beach is better than the downtown, astronomer Terry Richardson suggests.- No point in facing any one direction; Geminid shooting stars can come from anywhere in the sky.- If out at 2 a.m., lie down. The best show will be directly overhead.If shooting digital photographs:- Set the exposure to 1 minute if possible, but at least 30 seconds, and keep extra batteries at hand.- Use as wide an angle as possible and set the lens wide open.To watch for captured images from the night to ask questions of experts and watch live telescope and camera feeds from the Marshall Space Flight Center in Hunstville, Ala.source: Terry Richardson, NASA.

The shower should be intense again Friday night.

This year will be a particularly good chance to see the show. Itís a new moon and clear skies are expected. Geminid shooting stars tend to move relatively slower than others.

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