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Geminid Meteor Shower

December 13 @ 10:00 pm - December 14 @ 1:30 am

Details

Start:
December 13 @ 10:00 pm
End:
December 14 @ 1:30 am
Website:
https://www.hcconservancy.org/event/geminid-meteor-shower-2/

Venue

Mt. Pleasant, Howard County Conservancy
10520 Old Frederick Road
Woodstock, MD 21163 United States
Website:
http://www.hcconservancy.org/upcoming-events.html

Organizer

Howard County Conservancy
Website:
http://www.hcconservancy.org/upcoming-events.html

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.  Bring reclin­ing lawn chair or blan­ket, water, snack. Dress for cold evening tem­per­a­tures.    

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