The Galactic Geminid Meteor Shower Will Light Up Louisiana Skies This Weekend
You don't even need a telescope!
If you haven't been able to catch any meteor showers or cool night skies this year, you are in luck this weekend. The 2019 Geminid meteor shower that will light up the night sky Dec. 13 and 14 and all you have to do is look up and you'll see it.
This specific meteor shower is said to be the best every year because the meteors are super bright and are very fast, according to Space.com.
The experts say that you'll be able to see this shower anywhere in Louisiana, but the darker the area, the better for obvious reasons.
The Geminids come from the 3200 Phaethon, which is an asteroid that just might have collided with another object in the past, hence creating a meteor shower.
This asteroid takes 1.4 years to orbit the earth, so here we are, exactly 1.4 years since the last one. We do suggest getting to your viewing spot a little early so your eyes can adjust to the night sky before the show starts.
This year will be the best year for the Geminids, because the moon will be in the right place at the right time on December 13 and 14 for you to see 20 to 30 meteors an hour.
The peak time to watch will be 2:00 a.m., but if you're like many of us and that is way past your bedtime, you can start seeing them as early as 9:00 p.m. on December 13.
Many other places likeand even are getting ready to see this shower, and it's cool to think about the fact that you'll be viewing the same fireballs as those in other parts of North America.