Beyond the Weather: Geminid meteor shower

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG) - December is not always known for great weather to look beyond the weather. However, for at least the next week and a half, it looks great. Overnight lows in the 20s are relatively comfortable by December standards. One sight you will not want to miss is the Geminid meteor shower.

The annual Geminid meteor shower peaks Friday morning but lasts into the weekend. The best time to look is after 2 a.m. Plan to stay outside at least an hour for your eyes to fully adjust. At peak we could see more than 50 meteors per hour under ideal conditions – away from city lights. They radiant from the constellation Gemini high in the southwest sky.

Also, Comet 46P/Wirtanen is getting closer to the Earth. This will be visible with the naked eye, but enhanced with the aid of binoculars or a telescope. It will be closest to Earth on December 16.

Happy stargazing!