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Watch Live: Geminid Meteor Shower

Many of the meteors will be visible to the naked eye

One of the year’s biggest meteor showers will grace skies around the world starting Sunday, sending along up to 100 meteors per hour, according to NASA.

The highly anticipated Geminid meteor shower can be seen from both the northern and southern hemispheres, according to the space agency, and many of the meteors will be visible to the naked eye.

TIME will be hosting a livestream of the event provided by SLOOH, a space broadcasting website, that will feature astronomy and meteorology experts, including the Weather Network’s Scott Sutherland. Skygazers can also follow along on Twitter with NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, which will host a live tweet chat at 11 p.m. E.T. on Dec. 13.

The intense celestial show will feature dazzling meteors and flashes of white that are viewable for up to two seconds each after they break off the 3200 Phaethon asteroid and penetrate Earth’s atmosphere, NASA says.

The annual meteor shower lasts a couple of weeks. Meteors will typically be seen between Dec. 4 and 17, peaking Dec. 13.

The meteors are best viewed after midnight in areas with dark skies, away from city lights. They can be seen anywhere in the sky, in no specific direction, CBS News reports.

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