. . . They certainly are!
The biggest celestial show always waits ’til last, so be sure to look up this week for the Geminids. Unlike last month’s Leonids, which were primarily seen over Asia (though folks around here who braved very late into the night may have seen a few), December’s meteor shower will be visible all over the Northern Hemisphere. You may be able to see a few starting tonight, increasing in frequency all week until they hit their peak next Sunday night/Monday morning. Not only will they be appearing in our part of the sky — originating from sky near the constellation Gemini, which rises in the East around 8 p.m. — but we’ll be helped by a nearly New Moon (no, not the one with the hair). The most visible ‘shooting stars’ should appear almost all night, from 10 p.m. to dawn, with the peak around 2 a.m. The Geminids are the most reliable meteor shower and should produce up to 100/hour at its max.
Fact: When I was little I very much wanted my wishes to come true. So I’d pick a star and stare at it, waiting for it to fall.
As it turns out? THAT’S NOT HOW FALLING STARS WORK.
I was patient once, and young.