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Here's How To Watch The Geminid Meteor Shower

As long as it's not cloudy.

Look up to the sky if you want to see a spectacular display of shooting stars on Sunday night.

The Geminid meteor shower, named so because the meteors appear as if they're coming from the Gemini constellation, lasts until Thursday, according to NASA.

But it will hit its peak Sunday night through Monday morning, CNN reported, with 120 meteors -- small pieces of debris from asteroid 3200 Phaethon -- crashing into the Earth's atmosphere every hour.

Everyone around the world, in both the Northern and Southern Hemispheres, has the opportunity to see them, according to the International Meteor Organization.

"Near-peak Geminid rates usually persist for almost a day though, so much of the world has the chance to enjoy something of the shower's best, regardless of when the maximum actually happens," the organization said on its 2015 Meteor Shower Calendar.

An incredible picture taken from the Mojave Desert area shows a huge meteor hurtling to earth during the annual Geminid
An incredible picture taken from the Mojave Desert area shows a huge meteor hurtling to earth during the annual Geminid meteor shower on Dec. 14, 2009.

The moon will be barely visible and is expected to set early in the night, Gizmodo reported, meaning it will be perfect conditions to see the shower from around 9 p.m. -- as long as it's not cloudy.

As with viewing all meteor showers, no special equipment is needed. Sky gazers just need to find an unobstructed spot with no glaring lights nearby, Time magazine suggested.

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