Gemenids peak tonight

I forgot to mention the Gemenid meteor shower peaks this evening.  The more rural your location, the better chance you have of seeing the best meteor shower of the year.  By 9 p.m. local time, you can expect to see the display as it gets started, but don’t give up early just because it seems slow.  The storm’s intensity will grow as the evening progresses, and by tomorrow morning, those in the darkest areas (with the lest amount of light pollution) could see up to 120 meteors per hour (1-2 per minute).

For me personally, despite how fatigued I feel, I plan to go to bed early so I can get up around 3 a.m. and drive out to the countryside with my telescope.  No, I don’t need it to see the show, but having it handy while in a place sans the city’s luminescent abuse is never a bad idea.

Of course, if I can’t get to sleep early or fail to wake up on time, all my planning will be for naught.  But it’s the thought that counts!

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