Ending 2018 in sparkles- watch Geminid meteor shower tonight

People around the world will witness a major spectacle on Thursday night with Geminid meteor shower sending streaks of light across the sky in the last major spectacle of its kind in 2018.

There’s going to be a beautiful spectacle over South Africa later tonight going into Saturday morning, when the Geminids Meteor Shower will be fully visible in the night skies.

The astronomical phenomenon is called Geminids and is also one of the most prominent showers of the year, with 120 meteors per hour. It is one of the most spectacular night-time sky shows of the year.

This phenomenon was first recorded in 1862 and causes a show each December.

However, as people around the world get ready to witness one of the most spectacular meteor, Google celebrated the astronomical event through an adorable Google doodle.

When debris from the asteroid 3200 Phaethon burns up in the night sky, it creates bright, long-lasting streaks across the sky. It’s something to worth going outside for on a cold winter night, and is worthy of the Google Doodle posted Thursday to celebrate it.

Although the Geminid shower is known for its “shooting stars,” the number of meteors visible depends on the time and how dark it is.

These little beauties will start lighting up the night sky from late on Friday night, with meteors visible from 22:00 onwards.

However, this isn’t the peak time to see them. According to both timeanddate and space.com, the shower will peak at around 02:00 on Saturday 15 December, and carry on at their brightest right up until 05:00.

Great news for the night-owls of Mzansi.

It is advised that people should grab a warm jacket or blanket and plan to camp out for quite a few hours to see as many meteors as you can. And remember, it takes about 30 minutes for eyes to adjust to the dark.

When to watch?  See co-ordinates below: