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The Geminids peak tonight! Considering it's a New Moon (no stray light from the Moon, as it's on the Sun side of the Earth), skies will be extra-dark, so you'll be able to see more and fainter meteors. Things get fiercest after midnight. Get out there!


Click the image to see photographer Randy Halverson's post.


Oh, and coincidentally, there's a brand-new meteor shower making its first appearance tonight! This one doesn't yet appear to be named, but it'll show up between Pisces and Pegasus. This one will be better to catch earlier in the evening, once it's fully dark, because those constellations set earlier.

Ooh, and here's a neat NASA video that talks about the unique nature of the Geminids:


Want an all-night meteor-stravaganza? Head out after dark and stay out until 3am or so! I suggest a nice chaise lounge, blankets, booze, and friends. If you also bring a pair of binoculars, they can provide lovely views of other astro-objects for variety. Here's a lovely observing guide to help plan. I find the best way to watch a meteor shower is with friends: You can point out meteors they don't want to miss, and you have a great excuse to talk for hours.

Enjoy!
Chris

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