Meteor Shower Observing
Every December, we are treated to one of Nature’s best sky shows of the year: the Geminid meteor shower. While the peak occurs around 2 a.m. as Dec. 13 becomes Dec. 14, meteors can be seen in the hours before and after, as well as throughout the month; in fact, the best times to view “earthgrazers” (very bright, slower moving and longer lasting meteors) are in the evening hours.
At peak and under ideal conditions, it’s not unlikely that you’ll observe over 100 meteors per hour! The shower is named after the constellation Gemini, from which the meteors radiate although they can be seen all over the sky. Join Montauk Observatory astronomers as we scan the skies in search of meteors. While meteors are best viewed by naked eye, we’ll also be setting up telescopes and looking for other celestial objects including Comet Wirtanen, which will be passing nearby. At 6 p.m., we’ll be in the basement of the Ross School’s Tennis Center in East Hampton for a brief talk about meteors and comets. We’ll then move outdoors, next to the observatory, to hunt for meteors until 9 p.m. This event is free but donations to help support our work are appreciated. So bundle up the kids, bring a blanket or a lawn chair and join us for one of nature’s fabulous sky shows—a great way to celebrate the holiday season!
Please note that this event will be held only if the skies are clear, not if it’s overcast, raining or (heavens forbid) snowing. So look up before you head out.
For directions, visit montaukobservatory.com For questions or to join our mailing list: MontaukObservatory@gmail.com