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Highland Road Park Observatory

GEMINID METEOR SHOWER

Friday 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 1860’s. Astronomers searched for the comet which left behind the debris field responsible for the Geminids. In the 1980’s (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 waxing crescent phase and will have set by 11:00 pm. Patrons must follow the rules and regulations below if they expect to stay on park property.

RULES AND REGULATIONS

LIGHT POLLUTION

Unlike the Moon and (in most situations) the planets, 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 policies) to reduce the amount of money-wasting light pollution within seventy-five kilometers of the HRPO viewing grounds.


Updated by Frederick J. Barnett on Friday, November 22, 2019, 01:19 PM.

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