Geminid meteor shower peaks Dec. 13-14

Brittany Bedi | WCTV Eyewitness News
December 11, 2017

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV)-- The Geminid meteor shower is one of the major annual meteor showers. One of the reasons it's so popular is because meteors can easily be seen without any additional telescopes or equipment. The Geminids will peak on December 13 overnight to December 14. The peak will occur right before dawn. Up to 120 meteors could be seen each hour. Meteors will streak across the night sky at 22 miles per second.

As always, the best place to view any meteor shower is away from light pollution. That means it’s best to stay away from bright city lights. A full moon would also bring light interference, while a new moon would be best for viewing meteors.

The moon is in a waning crescent phase, meaning that the moon becomes less visible each night until the next new moon on December 18. The waning crescent means that moonlight will not interfere much with meteor viewing.

Any cloud cover would obstruct visibility. A dry cold front pushes through North Florida and South Georgia on Tuesday. So far, the forecast calls for a few clouds overnight from December 13 to 14. However, winds will start to take a southwest turn during that time. That will lead to a little more moisture and partly cloudy skies. North Florida counties have a higher chance of clouds impacting viewing the meteor shower.

Temperatures will still be chilly overnight December 13 to 14. Overnight and early morning lows will be in the low 40s. Be sure to bundle up!

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