Up for a little stargazing tonight? Stargazing is one of my favorite things to do…but maybe not in wintertime. Even though it will be cold, it’ll be worth it to see this in person! Tonight, the biggest meteor shower of the year will reach its peak.
ABC11 say the annual Geminid meteor shower will peak around 2am EST Tuesday morning, with about 150 meteors per hour. However, there is a gibbous moon tonight that might be so bright that it takes away visibility for many of the meteors. Even with the moon, ABC11 says there will be 30-40 meteors visible per hour.
Some advice if you plan on stargazing, it’ll be most visible out in the country where there is less light pollution. Bring something comfy to lie down on as well as the warmest clothes you have.
NASA says usually they’d suggest to also bring binoculars, but for a meteor shower, it looks better when you can see the whole sky at once.
And the good news is, if you don’t feel like braving the December cold (especially at 2am), NASA will live stream the whole thing from their Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. Watch the live stream now on the NASA Facebook Page.
Do you have a favorite spot for stargazing?
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