The Geminids is the king of the meteor showers, considered by many to be the best shower in the heavens, producing up to 120 multicolored meteors per hour at its peak! It is produced by debris left behind by an asteroid known as 3200 Phaethon, which was discovered in 1982. Meteors radiate from the constellation Gemini, but can appear anywhere in the sky. The shower runs annually from roughly December 7-17. It peaks this year on the night of the 13th and the morning of the 14th. The nearly full moon will block out many of the fainter meteors this year, but the Geminids are so bright and numerous that it could still be a good show. Best viewing will be after midnight. Dr. Joel Goodman and Dr. Alex Storrs – both back by popular demand, will bring meteor pieces to examine and high power viewing telescopes to look at planets and moon; they will explain the meteor shower phenomenon.
Check website in case of inclement weather. Bring reclining lawn chair or blanket, water, snack. Dress for cold evening temperatures – think layers and blankets, off the ground on a reclining chair or chaise, and when you think you have enough layers, the Howard Astronomical League suggests, bring two more.
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