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Geminids Meteor Shower

The Geminids meteor shower is arguably the best meteor shower of the year, but it occurs in December when cold winter weather prevents most people from fully enjoying it. If you’re willing to bundle up, head out to see the Geminids as the peak on December 14th. The Geminids occur each year from December 7th to December 16th. In 2019 they are expected to reach maximum activity of nearly 100 meteors per hour on December 14th. Trust us that it’s worth putting on an extra layer to see these bright, fast-moving meteors in the eastern sky!

To spot the Geminids, look for the tell-tale twins and their ‘head’ stars of Castor and Pollux (near Orion). Unfortunately, a nearly-full moon will also be in this part of the sky. This will reduce the chances to see all the meteors that happen. Nevertheless, meteors will appear to radiate from this part of the sky, so keep your eyes peeled in the north and upward parts of your field of view to see meteors at the rate of up to 1-2 per minute.

Watch it at the Dark Sky Preserve

The Dark Sky Preserve at Port Crescent State Park is the perfect place to watch the Geminids Meteor Shower which is to take place December 7th through December 16th with the peak being on Saturday, December 14th.

For more information about the Dark Sky Preserve at Port Crescent State Park, click here.

Earlier Event: November 18
Leonids Meteor Shower
Later Event: December 14
Winter Celebration