Saturday, Dec 11, 2021
9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Join us at Friends Creek Conservation Area to view the strongest meteor shower of the year. These meteors originate near the constellation Gemini and are usually bright and colorful. We will have hot chocolate available. Wear warm clothing and bring a lawn chair and blanket if you like.
Free. Register online by December 10.
What is a meteor?
Meteors are essentially space rocks that enter Earth’s atmosphere and burn up, causing a streak of light across the sky. They can happen at any time, but when a dust trail from an asteroid or a comet passes close to Earth, they happen much more frequently. The Geminids happen annually as the asteroid 3200 Phaethon moves past Earth. This asteroid is also notable because it goes closer to the Sun than any other named asteroid, and is a very unusual blue color.
Why is this meteor shower called the “Geminids”?
Meteor showers are named after the constellation in the region of the sky that the meteors appear to come from. These meteors appear to originate near the constellation Gemini, thus the name “Geminids”. Gemini, Latin for “The Twins,” can be found in the northern sky, and the two brightest stars in the constellation are named Castor and Pollux, after twin brothers from Greek mythology. Look to the north toward Gemini for an increased chance of seeing a meteor!
- 3200 Phaethon: The astroid that creates the Geminids
- About the Geminids, meteor showers, and viewing tips
- How to find the constellation Gemini