Look for the Super Star of Shooting Stars By Michelle Boyle
December 10, 2015 Whenever there’s hype about meteor showers, I prepare myself to go out late at night and gander up to see what I can observe with my naked eye which is the best way to watch meteor showers.
I’ll be out there again on December 13, when the Old Farmer’s Almanac says there will be a rare meteor shower under a moonless sky when the Geminid meteors are expected to blaze into view starting at around 8:00 p.m. Geminids are known to be visible all night long because they rise an hour after nightfall. Sunday night’s weather forecast calls for mostly cloudy skies with a low around 52 F..
The best viewing time of the bright trails is predicted to be between 10:00 p.m. and midnight or pre-dawn on Monday at about 6:00 a.m. This is an hour or so before the morning twilight when the radiant is the highest. I’ll be sure to be in and out all night long to catch glimpses of the significant meteor shower that is projected to display at a rate of 75 shooting stars per hour.
These Geminid shooting stars are strangely slow, about half the speed of the Northern Hemisphere’s Perseid meteors which are seen yearly from early July to mid-August.
But I have to admit, during past predicted meteor showers, there have been times when I see nothing more than a black sky vastly lit with shining still stars. Although spectacular to see the stars on any night, I’m always a bit disappointed.
There have been other times when I’m out star gazing and my neck gets strained. So during the most recent late night outing to watch the red moon, I laid a blanket out on the driveway, and along with my trusted best friend, I comfortably enjoyed the overhead view from a reclining position while mesmerized in awe.