The most spectacular meteor shower of the year is upon us, and you're not going to want to miss it.

Sure, the past few months have been flooded with meteor showers - from the Orionids shower in October to the Leonids shower just last month - but the upcoming Geminids meteor shower is set to be the year's best, and this time, night sky is going to be in perfect meteor-watching conditions. 

So when should you look up? The shower will happen December 13th through 14th from about mid-evening until dawn, though the best time to view a meteor shower is in the hours just before dawn. On those two days, the moon will be waning crescent, meaning the light won't distract much from the celestial light show. 

And that's good news. According to  EarthSky, "On a dark night, you can often catch 50 or more meteors per hour. The greatest number of meteors fall in the wee hours after midnight, centered around 2 A.M. local time (the time on your clock no matter where you are on Earth), when the radiant point is highest in the sky."

The shower will be visible across the entire globe, unless you're planning on visiting Antarctica, which gets 24-hours of sunlight per day during this time of the year.

Of course, the best spot to view the meteors is somewhere rural with minimal light pollution. If you live in the bustling cities of Toronto or Vancouver, that might be hard, so try driving north for 20 minutes and see where you end up. 

It takes about 20 minutes for your eyes to fully adjust to the dark, so be patient, sit back and wait for one of the most active showers of the year to grace our skies. 

The Weather Network is currently forecasting a mix of sun and clouds in Toronto for both nights, so until then, let's keep our fingers crossed for clear skies.

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