Geminid Meteor Showers
Saturday, November 23, 2019
Wish upon a falling star ….
Meteor showers will be in our skies this December 2019 and Mt Barney Lodge will be the perfect place to visit and stay on the 14 & 15 December 2018 to see the Geminid Meteor Showers.
The Geminids are considered one of the best meteor showers every year because the individual meteors are bright and they come fast and furious.During peak times up to 140 meteors per hour can be seen.Under light-polluted skies in the city, fewer meteors will be visible.
You will be able to see some activity as early as 9 – 10 pm in the sky. But the best time to view the Geminids is around 2am local time. You will have plenty of time on Saturday night to arrive and set up a comfy campsite, and choose an open-sky spot to view the “falling stars”. Or arrive Friday, get a good nights sleep in preparation for staying up late on Saturday. We also have some building options and glamping that you can choose from.
The Geminids, as their name implies appear to emanate from the bright constellation Gemini (the twins).To find Gemini in the southern hemisphere it appears to the lower right of Orion and both will hang in the north western sky.Orion is easy to spot by the three stars in the hunter’s “belt”.
Although the meteors will appear to stream away from Gemini, they can appear all across the sky. For best results you should look slightly away from Gemini so that you can see meteors with longer “tails” as they streak by.Staring directly at Gemini will just show you meteors that don’t travel very far.
Meteor showers don’t require binoculars or telescopes to view – just your bare eyes.Mt Barney Lodge is the perfect “dark sky” location to be stargazing, far away from city and suburban lights, and our wilderness conditions are perfect to view this spectacular night show above the glorious Mt Barney.
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