Stargazers will have the chance to view a shooting star display during the annual Geminid meteor shower which is expected to light up the skies of Hampshire this week.

The Geminid shower is a fast and bright meteor that is usually seen in December and is expected to peak today (December 13). 

Best seen in clear weather conditions, here's everything you need to know about the Geminid meteor shower and whether you will be able to see it in Hampshire.

How to see the Geminid meteor shower

The meteor shower can be seen with the naked eye, but it is best not to look directly at the radiant as this can limit the number of meteors you can see.

Instead, people should look just to the side in a dark area of the sky for a better chance of seeing the display.

Hampshire Chronicle:

Met Office Hampshire weather forecast for Geminid shower

Unfortunately the clear skies offering the best views of the meteorite shower aren't on the horizon for the Hampshire area.

Today will be largely dry with some bright spells, but generally it will be rather cloudy. It should remain mild however, with light winds and maximum temperatures of 13 °C.

And it's a similar story for the rest of the week too.

Tuesday will also be cloudy with the odd spot of rain and drizzle. Although drier on Wednesday and Thursday it will still be rather cloudy.

What is the Geminid meteor shower?

Meteors are pieces of debris that enter Earth’s atmosphere at speeds of up to 70km per second, vaporising and causing the streaks of light we call meteors.

Geminids are very bright, moderately fast, and are unusual in being multi-coloured.

They are mainly white; however some are yellow and a few are green, red and blue.

The shower is known to produce more than 100 meteors an hour at its peak, although light pollution and other factors mean that in reality the actual number visible is far fewer.

The source of the shooting stars is a stream of debris left behind by the asteroid 3200 Phaethon, making this one of the only major showers not to originate from a comet.