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France: Paris, Toulouse to Enjoy Best View of Geminid Meteor Shower

Stargazers hoping to catch a glimpse of the Geminid meteor shower this weekend will see the best conditions on Sunday night.

The Geminid shower is regarded as one of the best meteor showers of the year, peaking Dec. 13 to Dec. 15.

Most of France will have good viewing conditions Sunday night, with the exception of a few areas.

Clouds and showers from an approaching cold front will reach Bretagne, obstructing clear views and creating poor viewing conditions.

Patchy clouds and fog may interfere with some stargazers from Nord Pas de Calais to Alsace and Franche Comte.

Meanwhile, clouds and drizzle will limit visibility and lead to poor conditions along and near the southern coast from Nice to Marseille to Montpellier.

The second night of the peak, occurring Dec. 14 into Dec. 15, will be less conducive to stargazing. The front delivering the showers to Bretagne Sunday night will lead to more clouds across the country, obstructing the night sky.

Showers will also impact northern and central France.

According to Slooh, a community observatory which live streams celestial events, the Geminids sometimes rival the August Perseid meteor shower for total numbers of meteors. Between 100 and 150 meteors per hour may shoot across the night sky on either day.