The Sky: Stargazers watch the Geminid meteor shower tonight!

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Florida Travel News: Final 2012 meteor show peaks December 13th and 14th, 2012

The last meteor shower of the year will peak on December 13th and 14th, so make sure you keep your eyes peeled on the sky! It’s the Geminid meteor shower and you’re bound to see anywhere from 20 to more than a hundred falling stars depending on the conditions of the sky that night.

This meteor shower received its moniker from the Gemini constellation, which you can pin point in the sky at the same spot where the meteor shower comes from.

When to see the Geminids

The best time to see the meteor shower is usually in the wee hours of the morning, between 1 to 3 a.m. – that’s when the radiant reaches the highest point in the sky. Since the moon won’t be very bright, the conditions are ideal to see a multitude of streaming shooting stars.

Viewing tips

Make sure you wear warm clothes and bring along a blanket and a thermos with something hot to drink, as it does get cooler in the evenings in Florida right now. Remember you need to find a dark spot for viewing – in order to see shooting stars, the following elements are key components:

  • best time to view is late on the 13th into early 14th
  • a clear sky
  • a dark sky (away from city light or any bright overhead light)

Tell us…

What’s your favorite astronomy event of the year?