Chance of seeing Wed./Thurs. meteor shower

Chance of seeing Wed./Thurs. meteor shower

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LAKE MEAD NATIONAL RECREATION AREA, AZ - DECEMBER 14: A Geminid meteor streaks diagonally across the sky against a field of star trails in this two-minute exposure early December 14, 2006 over the Lake Mead National Recreation Area near Willow Beach, Arizona. The meteor display, known as the Geminid meteor shower because it appears to radiate from near the star Castor in the constellation Gemini, is thought to be the result of debris cast off from an asteroid-like object called 3200 Phaethon. The shower is visible every December. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

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Posted on December 11, 2012 at 4:15 PM

PORTLAND -- It's tough to catch a starry sky during the Portland winter, but a break in the clouds early Thursday morning could provide a chance to see the Geminid meteor shower.

During the cloud breaks a new moon should darken the sky and aid visibility as 80 to 120 meteors per hour hit the earth's atmoshpere, said KGW Meteorologist Rod Hill.

"This shower was first noticed in 1862, and its intensity has been increasing over the past 100 years," Hill said. "Around 1900, the peak averaged 15-20 meteors per hour, but it is now more than 100 per hour."

The Geminid meteor shower will peak between 1 a.m. and 3 a.m. on Thursday and Friday. Hill said conditions will not be optimal and weather might not cooperate, but the best chance to view it will be Thursday morning.

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