Geminid Meteor Shower 2021 - Under the Geminids
- Frosty Drew Observatory
- Mon, Dec 13, 2021 6:30 pm - Tue, Dec 14, 2021 2:00 am
- $5 Suggested Donation per Person
The Geminid Meteor Shower is one of the best (if not the best) meteor shower of the year. Geminid Meteors are bright with a (seasonally festive) greenish hue that leave long lasting dust trails in the sky. This year the sky will be overwhelmed by the bright 85% waxing gibbous Moon, which will be with us until the 2:39 am set time. The bright Moon will certainly obscure our view of all but the brightest meteors. Though once the Moon sets, we will have a few hours of fabulous meteor activity!
We will open the Observatory and telescopes at 6:30 p.m. with views of the night sky including distant nebulae and galaxies. As meteors become more frequent we will close the Observatory 16" telescope and have everybody setup outside to watch the peak of the meteor shower.
Temperatures will be cold so be sure to dress warm! Winter coats, long johns, thick socks, hat, gloves, good winter shoes, and blankets (while observing meteors) are a necessity. Be sure to bring a blanket to lay on or a reclining chair for optimal meteor observation.
Take a minute to read up on visiting the Frosty Drew Observatory and catch up on what to / not to bring and how to adequately prepare for a comfortable nigh of meteor watching.
Please note that we do not allow any white lights on our campus from dusk - dawn. This is to ensure an equally awesome view of the night sky for all as well as to allow for the use of light sensitive astronomical equipment. Learn more about why we have this requirement in The Red Light District
Grab those binoculars, dust off that telescope, and join us under the beautiful dark Geminid skies at Frosty Drew Observatory!
Please note that due to the evolving COVID-19 pandemic, the detail of this event may change. Please check in regularly, both here and on our SARS-CoV-2 page, to stay up to date.