Geminid Meteor Shower peaks this week

Updated: Dec. 12, 2016 at 7:12 PM MST
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The Geminid Meteor Shower peaks the night of December 13th through the early morning hours of the 14th this year.  The bad news is that there will be a full moon coinciding with the peak of the shower this year.  While a good Geminid shower can sometimes produce 50 to 100 meteors per hour, the moon will likely outshine many of the dim ones.  However, the Geminids occasionally produce what are known as "fireballs," which tend to be bright enough to see over the light of the full moon.

The best time to watch the Geminids will be late Tuesday night into Wednesday morning between midnight and 6am.  They will be high in the sky, so you should be able to simply lay on a blanket or lawn chair and look straight up during that time.  If you can't make it out during the peak night, they will continue to be visible for the next few nights after that.  With warmer than average temperatures expected all week long, there shouldn't be any reason not to go out and try to spot a few of them. Good luck!

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