Highland Road Park Observatory
Wednesday, 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 searched for the comet which left behind the debris field responsible for the Geminids. 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 for the entire viewing time. Patrons must follow the rules and regulations below if they expect to stay on park property.
RULES AND REGULATIONS
Updated by Frederick J. Barnett on Wednesday, November 22, 2017, 06:13 PM.