Skies partially clear for Geminid meteor shower

Predicted to be one of the most dazzling ever

A view of the 2012 Geminid Meteor Shower compiled by NASA
A view of the 2012 Geminid Meteor Shower compiled by NASA

(AP) —Night-time sky-watchers willing to brave the cold can look forward to a spectacular display of shooting stars tonight.

The Geminid meteor shower, which returns every December, is predicted to be one of the most dazzling ever.

An almost absent moon will ensure that the meteors, widely regarded as the most impressive of the year, stand out brightly as they streak across the sky.

The best time to see the Geminids will be between 1 a.m. and 2 a.m. on Wednesday and Thursday.

The National Weather Service says: “Skies across NW OR/SW WA should be at least partially clear tonight for viewing, unless you have fog or low stratus (most likely to be impeded by clouds: near Hood River, S. Willamette Valley, and Kelso/Longview areas).”