There's something about a meteor shower that lights up our lives with a sense of wonder & delight for the magic in our universe. With its dreamy illuminations, the Geminids Meteor Shower will be visible in Florida skies this December & across the U.S. — here's what you need to know to see it.
Unlike most meteor showers that come from the trail of a comet, this one comes from asteroid 3200 Phaethon. This radiant shower will produce up to 120 meteors per hour at its peak on Saturday, December 14th, filling the sky with a dazzling display.
The shower is expected to reach its peak at 7 p.m., with the best viewing time for those in the Tampa region starting at 7:28 p.m., running to 8:20. It will also be visible across the U.S. in both the northern & southern hemispheres.
It takes about 15-20 minutes for your eyes to adjust to the dark, so we recommend setting up your viewing spot a little early, looking up to the east-northeast to the Gemini constellation from which it gets its name.
While visibility for this shower is considered excellent all across Florida according to Time and Date, they note that weather conditions, city lights, & moon radiance can affect your viewing. You can check for your city's best visibility time & date through their website here.
Be sure to check your local weather listings & try to find a spot away from light pollution to increase your chances of seeing the full splendor of the Geminids shower. Places like this Florida State Park where you can actually see the Milkyway, this nature preserve offering insane sky views & other secluded picturesque nature escapes will be your go-tos.
Whether you view this shower alone or grab your boo for a romantic date night under the stars, this meteor shower is considered one of the best of the entire year & you definitely won't want to miss it.
An overview of the viewing details can be found below.
Geminids Meteor Shower
When: The peak will be on Saturday, Dec. 14th at 7 p.m., with best viewing conditions starting at 7:28 p.m., running to 8:20 p.m., where visibility will drop off. Visibility may be slightly reduced depending on weather conditions & moon radiance. It's best to arrive 15-20 minutes before the shower to give your eyes a chance to adjust to the darkness.
Where: The shower will radiate down from the Gemini constellation, looking to the east-northeast. Finding a place away from light pollution, like a secluded section of beach or a Florida State Park, will give you the most breathtaking viewing conditions.
Why You Need To Go: This radiant shower will produce up to 120 meteors per hour at its peak, illuminating the sky in a dazzling display. A chance to admire the beauty of our galaxy. Unlike most meteor showers, this one comes from an asteroid rather than a comet.
We strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.