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The 2016 Geminids Meteor Shower, Colorado

The 2016 Geminids Meteor Shower, Colorado

If you feel like New Year's Eve fireworks are getting a bit passé, then you may want to tune into the Geminids Meteor Shower instead.

A quick road trip Glenworth Valley in the Central Coast region of New South Wales will give you the best viewing spot from which to enjoy the astral spectacle.

The phenomenon occurs annually as the earth passes through the remnants of an ancient asteroid, with about 120 meteors per hour hitting the earth's atmosphere and in showers of light.

Experts recommend viewers in the southern hemisphere begin looking out for bright lights in the mid-to-late evening - Geminid showers tend to consist of bright, fast meteors that persist longer in the night sky than other showers.

Geminids Meteor Shower photographed over Scotland in 2016 during the final day of visibility

Geminids Meteor Shower photographed over Scotland in 2016 during the final day of visibility

Another stunning annual meteor event is the Perseid meteor shower (photographed in Spain)

Another stunning annual meteor event is the Perseid meteor shower (photographed in Spain)

Local astronomers and night sky photographers David Magro and Andrew Murrell told the Daily Telegraph there were about a dozen 'decent' meteor events a year, but the Geminids Meteor Shower was 'one of the best three'. 

The stunning display will be visible as early as December 4, but is predicted to peak in Australia on December 14. 

The astral display occurs as the earth travels through a trail of debris left

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