Geminids meteor shower to put on a show above Perth this December

Geminids meteor shower to put on a show above Perth this December

Perth, forget the lights on the Christmas tree, this December 14 the best lights will be in the sky when the Geminids meteor shower passes again.

Experts say stargazers will be able to spot about 120 meteors an hour which is about two a minute.

The Geminids meteor shower is caused by a cloud of debris from its parent asteroid – 3200 Phaethon which passes close to earth about the same time every year.

The Geminids were first spotted about 150 years ago and emerge out of the constellation Gemini, which is where they get their name.

This year, they reach their peak above Perth about 8pm.