Northern Lights a bust – Geminids are next


If clear skies can be found over our area this weekend you will be able to see the Geminids meteor shower.

Expected to peak December 13 and 14, 2020 you will be able to start seeing them in the early evening. A bonus this year is the moon will not be outshining some of the lighter meteors as it is in the “new phase” of its cycle.

There are many online resources available to locate the best place to look in the sky to see this event.

However, one of the best tips is to find a dark place with little light pollution and an unobstructed view of the sky. In this case, most of the meteors will be coming out of the constellation Gemini.

Cameras at NASA’s All-sky Fireball Network have already picked up 18 fireballs from this shower so far this week and it’s not anywhere near its peak.

If you spot a fireball you can report it to the American Meteor Society or the International Meteor Organization. NASA has a database of fireballs if you are curious about a previous fireball.