Google marks Geminid meteor shower with a series of doodles

The year's most spectacular meteor shower is this weekend

How to Spot This Year's Spectacular Geminids Meteor Shower

But unlike most meteor showers, which originate from icy comets, the Geminids stem from the mysterious rocky object 3200 Phaethon.

The Doodle on Thursday follows the Geminids' path through Earth's atmosphere as it lights up the sky through a slideshow.

Between 60 and 120 meteors per hour shoot across the sky every year in the shower, and this year it's set to get the closest its been to earth in the last 50 years, astronomy experts have said.

"Although the meteors will appear to have Gemini as their point of origin, they can appear anywhere in the night sky".

The meteor shower was set to be streamed through Slooh, a network of telescopes, on Thursday night as well.

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Every December dust and grit shed by Phaeton burn up as they run into Earth's atmosphere causing a "flurry of shooting stars", NASA explained. The closely tracked near-Earth asteroid has been likened to comets, so it's been called a "rock comet". Given their medium speeds, you'll be able to view one to two meteors per minute in the night sky.

"A green comet to compliment the green fireballs!" according to NASA.

To check out the show, Bill Cooke from NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office advises urges waiting until the moon goes down at around 10:30 p.m. local time before heading outside without your cell phone, because its screen can mess up your night vision.

The best thing about meteor showers is they require no equipment to spot.

According to unconfirmed reports, the Geminid meteor shower is likely to be visible Rajasthan's Alwar, around Himalayas belt. In ideal conditions, there would be 50 to 120 meteors an hour.

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Grab a warm jacket or blanket and plan to camp out for quite a few hours to see as many meteors as you can. If you're in a city, bright lights could block your view.

The doodle, while not animated, is a super-adorable slideshow that depicts the evolution of the Geminid meteor shower from its parent body, the asteroid 3200 Phaethon, to the wonderful celestial event we know today.

Next year 's meteor display won't be accompanied by such visible conditions as there will be a full moon out. Eastern Time on December 16, according to NASA.

According to AccuWeather, people in the central U.S. will have the best view of the meteor shower, while those in northwestern and eastern states will mostly see clouds.

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