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Spectacular Geminid Meteor Shower 2012: Where to Watch in Warren

With clear skies forecast and no moon, it should be a great show for skywatchers.

The final major meteor shower of the year, the Geminid meteor shower 2012, will peak overnight tonight into Friday morning and if you are willing to stay up late you should be able to see a great show. 

NASA reports that the Geminids is a relatively young meteor shower, with the first sightings occurring in the 1830s with rates of about 20 per hour. Over time the rate of visible meteors has increased and now viewers can expect to see 80 and 120 meteors per hour at its peak.

Earthsky.org reports viewers can begin to watch the Geminids starting at 9 or 10 p.m. on Thursday. The peak will likely be between 1 to 3 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 14. That’s when the shower’s radiant point is highest in the sky as seen around the world.

"With no moon to ruin the show, 2012 presents a most favorable year for watching the grand finale of the meteor showers," Earthsky reports. "Best viewing of the Geminids will probably be from about 1 a.m. to 3 a.m. on Dec. 14."

So where can you see the shower in Warren? We  came up with a couple of our own, large open spaces away from lights, but if you have an idea for a good viewing spot add it in the comments section below.

  • Wagner Farm Arboretum
  • Municipal ballfields
  • Watchung Hills Regional's Mountain Avenue athletic fields
  • Duderstadt Park

What to bring: You can comfortably watch meteors from many places, assuming you have a dark sky: your backyard or deck, the hood of your car, the side of a road. The forecast is a calling for temperatures to dip into the low 30s, so dress warmly, bring a blanket. Consider using a reclining lawn chair, to be more comfortable, grab a Thermos with a hot drink, binoculars for gazing along the pathway of the Milky Way and enjoy.

Abigail Bellamy December 13, 2012 at 03:47 PM
Thanks for the heads up (literally)! I also found some great info on http://www.spacedex.com/geminids if anyone is interested!

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