False-color image of a 2011 Geminid meteor, captured by a camera at New Mexico State University, operated by the NASA Meteoroid Environment Office in Huntsville, Ala. (NASA/MSFC/MEO)
NASA Television will air live video Thursday night of the Geminid meteor shower. It will show footage from the skyward-aimed astronomy camera located at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala.
The video will air from 11 p.m. to 3 a.m. EST ( http://www.nasa.gov/connect/chat/geminids2012.html).
According to NASA, the Earth runs into a stream of debris called Geminids every year in mid-December. The Geminids are from an extinct comet called 3200 Phaethon, which causes meteors to fly from the constellation Gemini.
Meteor experts will answer questions from the public through a late-night web chat and interacting on social media using the hashtag #Geminid.
The forecast over the flight center shows clear skies, which will provide a more lively view of the shower's peak.