By Tita Smith For Daily Mail Australia
Published: 01:28 GMT, 12 December 2019 | Updated: 01:29 GMT, 12 December 2019
A torrent of shooting stars are set to illuminate skies above Australia this weekend as the 'king' of meteor showers creates a spectacular light show.
Those wanting to see the Geminid meteor shower will need to wake in the middle of the night to see a show of 100 to 150 shooting stars - or meteors - per hour.
The meteor shower occurs as Earth flies through a loop of dust and debris left behind by asteroid 3200 Phaethon, with the annual shower active between December 4 and December 17.
But the main show will take place late on Saturday night into Sunday morning.
The Geminid meteor shower (pictured in 2018 falling over China) is intensifying each year distributing a stream of coloured shooting stars across the December sky
South Australia: 5.10am, Sunday
NSW: 5.40am, Sunday
Queensland: 4.40am, Sunday
Northern Territory: 4.10am, Sunday
Western Australia: 2.40am. Sunday
The Geminids provide a colourful light display, as the passing particles are in various stages in their chemical break-down.
The meteors travel at 20 to 30 kilometres per second - which is actually relatively slow by meteor standards - giving Aussies an opportunity to catch a longer glimpse.
Astrophysicist Jonti Horner of the University of Southern Queensland