The annual Geminid meteor shower peaks in the wee morning hours this day. IF our lovely Northeastern Ohio skies happen to be clear, direct your gaze to the northeast where you will find the constellation Gemini about half-way up from the horizon. The slow Geminid meteors will appear to originate from that place in the heavens -- their "radiant."
Some meteors may be seen before and after the peak date but meteor watching is best closest to the peak. Best viewing is after midnight, the night of December 13 - 14. You won't need a telescope to watch meteors; binoculars are optional and only for viewing other celestial wonders. Find a place where the sky is reasonably dark and nearby lights won't affect your night vision. Best to take a lawn chair, sit back, and gaze upward. Neighbors and family may think you crazy, but if you dress warmly you will be treated to as many as 60 or 80 "shooting stars" per hour.
Check Westlake Porter Public Library's collection of books on astronomy for more on meteors, meteorites, and the amazing night sky!