Meteor Shower, High Tides Peak Today

Tonight’s new moon will enhance several natural phenomena today.

First of all, tides will be astronomically high late this morning due to the moon cycle. Hingham’s 10:35 AM high tide will register at 12.2 feet. With a slight onshore wind thanks to a coastal storm passing offshore, some areas around the South Shore and Greater Boston are likely to see typical pockets of minor coastal flooding.

Tonight, the extra dark skies will be perfect for the Geminid Meteor Shower. The show peaks at 2 AM, with meteors appearing to emanate from the constellation Gemini. The annual event takes place in December as Earth moves through debris left behind by a large asteroid. Rural sky watchers may see as many as 100 meteors per minute tonight!