Map: Where to look for the Geminids in the sky
The Geminids will appear to radiate from the constellation Gemini in the southwest sky if you're watching in the northern hemisphere. As with the radiant point of any meteor shower, it's best to look slightly away from the constellation. Because the meteors will appear to emanate from the constellation, they'll be moving away from it across other parts of the sky.
Again, the more sky you can see, the more meteors you're likely to spot. It's best to lie on the ground or lean back in a chair, so you're taking in at as much sky as possible. The back of pickup truck or the hood of your car are pretty good substitutes if you don't have a comfortable spot on the ground. It's winter after all.
How to watch the Geminids online
Going out in the middle of the night to watch a meteor shower isn't the easiest task, especially if you have to get up early for work on Friday morning. So, if you're thinking of sitting this one out, you can still see some of the action online via various live streams. Slooh is streaming the meteor shower live from 6pm to 10pm ET. NASA also tends to offer live streams of meteor showers, so be sure to check out its various social media channels in the hours before peak as well.
When is the next meteor shower?
If you can't catch the Geminids or the weather sadly isn't conducive to viewing the show, there's just one more major meteor shower to see before the year's up. The Ursid meteor shower will peak night of Friday, December 21 into the morning of Saturday, December 22. While a Friday night meteor shower would be ideal at any other time of the year, this one falls just days before Christmas, so there's a good chance that shopping, gift wrapping, or traveling may keep you from getting out to take in the spectacle. Then again, going outside and looking up may be the moment of serenity you need to stay sane this time of year.
But between the two showers, the Geminids is the one to see. Get out there, pack a thermos of coffee, and try to stay warm while a spectacular show lights up the winter sky.