Some of you may have missed this article in the Times today. Tonight (and tomorrow night) you may be lucky to see the most spectacular meteor shower of the year.
The Geminid meteor shower appears every year about this time and is our best shooting star display, with more than 100 meteors appearing each hour. This year's spectacle is especially good because it is close to a new moon so there is no moonlight to interfere with the views.
The main problem, apart from the cold, is likely to be low cloud or fog particularly in eastern regions.
There's low cloud here today but I'm still going to dig my thermals out and see if there's a gap in the cloud before I go to bed - it'll be a break from the hand-cramping task of writing Christmas cards.
The Geminids are especially easy to see because they appear anytime from 8pm, rising to a peak sometime between 10pm and dawn.