However, the weather in the Bitterroot Valley and Western Montana has pretty much eliminated any views of the "falling stars" this year.
"The Geminids are good", reported veteran meteor observer Eliot Herman in Tucson, Arizona, who captured this fireball as it fell on the morning of December 14.
A positive note, though. The best time to see the meteor shower will be on December 14 between 1 am and 2 am, when the Gemini constellation will be nearly overhead. The shower is predicted to be at its maximum around 2:00 a.m. on December 14 and the number of meteors can reach up to 120 per hour.
Of course, in a few days, you'll be looking up to see that reindeer-powered UFO.
Did you catch a shooting star last night?
What causes a meteor shower? If you're watching under a clear and dark sky, Sky & Telescope magazine predicts you could see a meteor every minute or two on average.
Why is the Geminid meteor shower called so? Gemini's meteors enter Earth's atmosphere traveling at about 22 kilometers per second. The Geminid particles, so called because they seem to be streaming out of the Gemini constellation, actually come from a space rock about 5km in diameter, called Phaethon.
Asteroids are rocky bodies going round the Sun, originating from a region between the orbit of Mars and Jupiter.