NASA: Meteor shower to light up night sky on Saturday night

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(CNN) – If you want a break from Christmas lights and decorations, Mother Nature will be putting on a light show of her own this weekend.

The Geminid meteor shower has been going on all week, but the best opportunity to see it will be Saturday night.

Each December, the Earth passes through an area of debris that causes the meteor shower.

According to NASA, Geminids are debris from an extinct comet that was previously believed to be an asteroid.

“This year’s Geminid meteor shower will peak on Dec. 13th and 14th with as many as 120 meteors per hour,” predicts Bill Cooke, head of NASA’s Meteoroid Environment Office.  “I’m looking forward to a good display.”

Cooke says the best time to watch will be between midnight and sunrise on Saturday, Dec. 13 and the same time on Sunday, Dec. 14.

The meteor shower can be seen most easily in the Northern Hemisphere in areas away from city lights.

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