The annual December Geminids meteor shower and the final supermoon of 2016 will light up the Boston skyTuesday night.
The year’s third consecutive — and final — supermoon and the meteor shower are expected to reach their peak at 7:05 eastern time,Space.com reported.
There's a chance sightseers might not catch much of the Geminids shower this year due to the light from the supermoon, which will appear about 30 percent brighter through dawn on Wednesday. TheInternational Meteor Organization saidthe moon may block out 75 percent of the meteors.
The Geminids, so named because of their proximity to the Gemini constellation, are said to be “bright and intensely colored,” and can have up to 120 displays per hour. Their peak can last up to 10 hours, with the midpoint at 7 p.m.
The best time to see the massive display in eastern North America will be between 1 a.m. and 3 a.m., eastern time.
Starting at 9 p.m. eastern time, NASA will havelive broadcastsof the displays.NASA recommendsfinding a place to watch the supermoon that has minimal light pollution andwith some trees or buildings to use as reference points to the size of the moon.
If you're feeling adventurous, it might be worth bundling up and heading out to see it for yourself. Here's a list of the top spots near Boston to view the night sky in all its glory.
1.Peter's Hill at Arnold Arboretum, Bussey Street, Boston. While you might find some other spots to peak above the treelines at the Arnold Arboretum in Roslindale, Peter's Hill will offer the best view of the treeline and city skyline — giving a great vantage point for seeing the full enormity of the moon.
2.Larz Anderson Park,15 Newton St., Brookline. Clocking in at64 acres, this is Brookline's largest park. It's known for its great views of the city, and it's also a great place to check out the night sky. For the best view, you should head to the Top of the Hill, the highest point.
3.Wollaston Beach, Quincy Shore Drive, Quincy. Located along Quincy Bay, Wollaston Beach offers 2.3 miles of shoreline and unmatched views of the Boston city skyline. There's also plenty of parking this time of year.
4. Squantum Point Park,Miwra Haul Road, Quincy.At Squantum Point, visitors can see the Boston skyline across the harborand enjoy a two-mile trail along the Quincy side of the Neponset River Estuary.
5. Harborwalk,Boston Harbor. Apublic walkway that follows the edge of piers, wharves, beaches, and shoreline around Boston Harbor. When fully completed it will extend a distance of 47 miles from East Boston to the Neponset River. You can count on catching unobstructed views from anywhere along the path.
6. Marine Park,Farragut Road, Boston. Expansive bay views make this spot a good one for viewing the night sky.
7.Prospect Hill Tower,68 Munroe St., Somerville. Climb to the top of the tower for gorgeous 360-degree views of the Boston and Somerville skylines.
8. Old Harbor Park, 1 Ocean View Drive, Boston. This paved walkway has plenty of benches along the water near UMass Boston.
9.Millennium Park,300 Gardner St., West Roxbury. This formerlandfill turned park boasts over 100 acres of prime sky viewing right outside the city. There are plenty of spaces that offer views of the night sky.
10.Revere Beach, Revere Beach Boulevard, Revere. Located just 4 miles north of downtown Boston, Revere beach offers beautiful coastal views with just enough city skyline in view.