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Highland Road Park Observatory

GEMINID METEOR SHOWER

Sunday 13 December from 9:00 pm to 1:00 am

Free and for all ages.

ABOUT THE GEMINIDS

The Geminid meteors, in addition to being part of one of the most reliable showers of the year, are quite intriguing. The first Geminids were noticed in the 1860s. Astronomers hunted for the comet which left behind the debris field causing the annual shower. In the 1980s (after over a century of searching) scientists pinpointed an asteroid now known as Phaethon as the originator of the debris. Any meteors that are part of this shower seem to radiate from a point in the sky near the star Castor, in the constellation Gemini♊.

THE GEMINID PEAK VIEWING EVENT

For this one night HRPO will be open for four hours, during which time members of the public are welcome. Due to the light pollution problem here in East Baton Rouge Parish, it is feasible to attempt viewing of this major shower only during its peak time, which according to the American Meteor Society will be the evening of the 13th through to the morning of the 14th. Earth♁’s Moon will be in its waning crescent phase and will be below the horizon during the viewing event. Patrons must follow the rules and regulations below if they expect to stay on park property. [It is possible that approximately thirty percent of the meteors seen on this night will be part of one of eight different minor meteor showers also currently active.]

RULES AND REGULATIONS

LIGHT POLLUTION

Light pollution severely hinders the ability to see most meteors that streak through the sky. HRPO’s three owners are working continually (via education, presentations and policy suggestions) to reduce the amount of money-wasting light pollution within seventy-five kilometers of the HRPO viewing grounds. Much of the light pollution in the local area is funded by taxpayer money.


Created by Frederick J. Barnett on Wednesday, November 11, 2020, 02:12 PM.

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