This year the peak of the Geminid meteor shower is December 13 at 5 p.m. MST. The best time to observe the showeris on December 14 from midnight to the beginning of morning twilight (while Utah is facing into the debris stream). An observer away from city lights might see about 120 meteors per hour, clouds permitting. If you cannot observe during those hours, do not despair, some meteors will still be visible as soon the sky is dark on the December 13. New Moon is December 13 so moonlight will not interfere with this years’ shower.
Where is the best place to look? Look up. While the meteors will appear to originate from the constellation Gemini, they can be seen all over the sky. The most important aspect of observing a meteor shower is to be away from city lights. No equipment is needed to observe, so leave the telescope at home. Meteor showers are best seen with the eyes. However, cold weather clothing and a reclining lawn chair will help make the observing session more comfortable.
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