Meteor showers are named for the constellations from which the meteors appear to originate. But not all the meteors visible during the show won't technically be part of the Geminid shower.
Winter weather advisory issued for Wednesday in central Wisconsin
NWS forecasters issued a winter weather advisory for those three counties from 4 a.m. through 9 p.m. Temperatures will steadily increase, and should be above average by the end of the weekend.
"Phaethon's nature is debated", said Cooke. "When you see a meteor, try to trace it backwards", he said. Once the Earth passes the debris field, the rocks and dust burn which becomes what most people know as shooting stars. You can view the meteor shower after sunset Wednesday through sunrise Thursday. "Suggested gear includes a lawn chair, lots of warm clothing, blankets, cookies or fruit, and a warm, non-alcoholic beverage. So it's really exciting to see an astronomical event that is accessible to everybody". While the forecast will be warmer than last night, temps are still expected to be very cold with another windy night expected.
The EarthSky website notes that the meteor shower favors the Northern Hemisphere, but will also be visible in the Southern Hemisphere. The best viewing conditions in the country will be across the southern and western US, where not many clouds are expected.
The Geminids were first noted as a minor meteor shower back in 1862, NASA's Cooke said. The Geminid meteor shower occurs every December, meaning it's time to witness it in all of it's astronomical glory. "This is due to Jupiter's gravity nudging the stream closer to Earth".