Geminids to light up the night thru next weekend

Southeastern, IN—If you have had your eyes towards the night sky over the last few days,  you might have noticed a few bright shooting stars go across the sky.  Well, that is because The Geminids meteor shower, one of the best meteor showers of the year, peaks during the night of December 14 and shows up to 100-150 meteors per hour in dark sky. But has lots of meteors to see in the week before.  On a dark night, free of moonlight, you can easily spot 50 or more meteors per hour.

Although this is one shower you can successfully watch in the (late) evening – the best viewing is typically around 2 a.m., no matter where you are on Earth. Often, in the hours after midnight and under a dark sky, you can see 50 or more meteors per hour. Rates of 120 per hour have been reported at the peak, under optimum sky conditions.

Remember, meteors in annual showers typically come in spurts and lulls, so give yourself at least an hour of observing time. Simply sprawl out on a reclining lawn chair, look upward and enjoy the show

Meteor showers don’t require binoculars or telescopes to view — just your bare eyes. Find a comfortable spot to lie on the ground, far away from lights and ideally in a dark-sky area. Bring a blanket and dress warmly if you’re in cold weather. Give your eyes about 20-30 minutes to adjust to the dark, then sit back and enjoy the show.