The Geminid meteor shower of 2023 continues tonight. Here's how to watch live online.

The Geminid meteor shower of 2023 is here, and it looks to be one of the year's best celestial fireworks displays.

Thanks to a dark two-day old new moon and generally favorable weather conditions throughout the United States, Thursday (Dec. 14) looks to be another a great night to catch the peak of this annual meteor shower. Already, the peak overnight on Wednesday (Dec. 13) put on a show for meteor hunters worldwide. Skywatchers in areas with reasonably dark skies could see as many as 100 meteors per hour this year, according to

If you are unable to brave the cold December night or don't have clear skies, you can still catch the Geminid meteor shower tonight thanks to free online livestreams hosted by the Slooh telescope network and the Virtual Telescope Project in Rome, Italy. 

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Stars are being seen in the sky during the Geminid meteor showers in Ratnapura, Sri Lanka, on Dec. 14, 2023.  (Image credit: Thilina Kaluthotage/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Slooh robotic telescopes

The Slooh robotic telescope network is hosting a free livestream of the Geminid meteor shower beginning at 5:30 p.m. EST (2230 GMT) on Thursday (Dec. 14). 

Slooh operates a network of telescopes in Chile and the Canary islands. The organization hosts livestream webcasts such as this one and also allows users to rent time on their telescopes.

Virtual Telescope Project

The Virtual Telescope Project is operated by astronomer Gianluca Masi. Tonight (Dec. 13), Masi will host a livestream of the Geminid meteor shower beginning at 6 p.m. EST (2300 GMT) on Thursday (Dec. 14). 

"This year, the moon will be new, so not visible in the sky, offering the best, darkest conditions for a memorable experience. We can expect about 100 meteors per hour," Masi writes on the project's website.


A Celestron telescope on a white background

(Image credit: Celestron)

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The Geminid meteor shower gets its name from the Gemini constellation, the area in the sky from which the meteors appear to originate (also called its radiant point). The Geminids are noteworthy in that, unlike other meteor showers, they are created not by debris from a comet but by leftovers of 3200 Phaëthon, an Earth-crossing Apollo asteroid with an orbit that brings it closer to the sun than any other named asteroid. 

If you hope to take some of your own photographs of the Geminids or any other meteor shower, be sure to check out our how to photograph meteors and meteor showers guide. And if you need imaging gear for the next big celestial spectacle, consider our best cameras for astrophotography and best lenses for astrophotography.

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Brett is curious about emerging aerospace technologies, alternative launch concepts, military space developments and uncrewed aircraft systems. Brett's work has appeared on Scientific American, The War Zone, Popular Science, the History Channel, Science Discovery and more. Brett has English degrees from Clemson University and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. In his free time, Brett enjoys skywatching throughout the dark skies of the Appalachian mountains.