Calling all stargazers! Don’t miss the Geminid meteor shower, peaking mid-December with hundreds of shooting stars dashing across the night skies. It’s sure to be one of the most spectacular meteor showers of the year above Colorado.
The annual shower, famed for its high number of bright, fast, and yellow-colored meteors, will be active from Friday, December 4th through Sunday, December 17th, 2020.
“It will be the best meteor shower of 2020, no question about it,” Bill Cooke, the lead for NASA’s Meteoroid Environment Office tells Space.com.
Year after year, the light show only gets better! Geminid rates are by far one of the most impressive, producing up to 120 shooting stars per hour at its peak.
This year’s shower is expected to peak mid-Sunday evening, December 13th through the early Monday morning, December 14th. While the Geminids can be hard to see because of their speed at 22 miles per second, the moonlight is expected to be dim enough to allow those on earth to see Mother Nature’s spectacular show.
Peak viewing conditions are expected to be quite favorable this year with the moon at only 1% full, according to American Meteor Society.