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The Today File

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December 13, 2014 at 1:38 PM

Meteor shower coming Saturday night, and viewing may be decent

As Earth passes through old comet debris Saturday night, as it does every December, Seattle may have a decent view of the Geminid meteor shower — one of the year’s major showers.

The planet has been passing through debris from Phaethon, an extinct comet, since Dec. 4, but NASA says Saturday and Sunday are the peak times to see the meteors falling from the constellation Gemini.

National Weather Service meteorologist Johnny Burg said Seattle will have less than 30 percent cloud cover Saturday night, leaving plenty of viewing space for the astronomical event.

Temperatures will be in the low 40s to upper 30s in the early evening, dropping to the mid 30s by about midnight. The shower starts early — around 9 p.m. — so even the kids can catch a glimpse, NASA says. But, there is plenty of time: The show won’t end until dawn, should Seattle’s weather hold.

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