Geminid Meteor Shower

by Katie Bowell, Curator of Cultural Interpretation

A Geminid Meteor over Florida

I know some of you may have felt a little let down when this year’s Leonid Meteor Shower wasn’t too spectacular in Colorado this year. However, the skies may make it up to us tonight with the Geminid Meteor Shower.

After the moon sets (around midnight or so), there will be nothing to block the view of what may end up being over 100 meteors/hour streaking across the sky.

If you want to see the meteor shower, find a spot away from light pollution and look to the northeast. We’re supposed to have a partially clear night here in Colorado, so it should be pretty special.

Enjoy and, as always, good seeing!

1 Response to “Geminid Meteor Shower”

  1. 1 Doug December 14, 2010 at 10:00 am

    Your remark regarding the disappointing Leonid shower reminds me of some eclipses of the sun that took place when I was much younger and with one exception were flops, mostly because I lived in areas where the eclipse was partial rather than total, or the sky was cloudy.

    The one time when it happened was impressive, however. The eclipse wasn’t quite total but the light noticeably dimmed at midday. I fully expected total chaos in the Animal Kingdom: birds would fall out of the sky, dogs would run around howling, etc. It didn’t happen. (And the Plant Kingdom pretty much took it in stride also.) Nevertheless it was quite eerie — a type of sunlight you don’t see otherwise.

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