Geminid Meteor Shower 2017 - Under the Geminids

Geminid Meteor Shower 2017 - Under the Geminids

Where:
Frosty Drew Observatory
When:
Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Cost:
$1 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 skies are setting us up for an awesome night of meteor observation with no Moon until 3:30 a.m., when the 12% waning crescent Moon will rise. This will set us up for super dark skies and excellent meteor viewing for the entire night. The Geminid shower is a quite lively producing upwards of 120 meteors per hour during the peak.

We will open the Observatory and telescopes at 6:30 p.m. with views of Jupiter, Uranus and a host of deep sky objects 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.

Grab those binoculars, dust off that telescope, and join us under the beautiful dark Geminid skies at Frosty Drew Observatory!