Colorado Events, Nature, Winter November 30, 2022
The Boldest And Biggest Meteor Shower Of The Year Will Be On Display Above Colorado In December
If there is one thing that we love here at Only in Colorado (aside from hikes, local restaurants, and grilling in the snow, that is!), it’s meteor showers, so anytime we catch wind of one, you know that we will get the details to pass along! This time, it is the Geminid meteor shower, which may just be the biggest and boldest this year:
Hitting the skies November 19th through December 24th (2022) is the must-see Geminids, a popular meteor shower that - unlike most shooting stars that come from a comet - originates from a Palladian asteroid.
Expected to peak on December 13th and 14th, the Geminids will rise mid-evening and be at their highest around 2 a.m.
Since they originate from a "rock comet" orbit, the meteors move slower than others, making them easier to spot than most showers.
In addition to their slower speed, the Geminids are unique in that they can be seen much earlier in the evening, as the Gemini consolation rises a few hours after dark.
Keep your eyes peeled, as the Geminids have been known to produce showers with anywhere from 75 to 120 meteors per minute!
Please note: Since this is a December meteor shower, you will want to bundle up (and make some cocoa) before venturing outside.
To learn even more about the Geminid meteor shower (and others throughout the year),
please visit our friends at Earthsky.org.
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