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Geminid Meteor Shower

The Geminids are coming .... the Geminid Meteor Showers that is! You will likely need an evening nap to stay up late enough to catch one or more of these bright, colorful meteors. Peak time to view them will be around 2:00 a.m. between Sunday, December 13th & Monday, December 14th.  Don't wait until then to look for them though.  The sky will be extra dark this weekend due to the almost new moon, so sightings could be likely tonight or tomorrow night too. Still 2:00 a.m. or so will be the optimal time to see them.

Meteor shower

Why are they called the Geminids? While the meteors will be visible in all parts of the sky, the point in they sky that they appear to come from is the Gemini constellation, also known as the Twins.  The constellation is not truly the source of the meteors, however it is where their name comes from so that viewers know which meteor shower they are seeing. Use your Star Wheelto find Gemini in the sky! 

Tips for meteor shower watching:

Choose a clear night and a location with minimal to no light pollution. Stay still and be patient.  Sit back in a lawn chair, or stretch out in a sleeping bag to stay warm, in a place with a wide view of the sky.  Put your phone or flashlight away so that your eyes can adjust to the dark, which can take up to 20 minutes.