December Night Skies Bring Meteor Shower and Total Lunar Eclipse

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The final meteor shower of the year is upon us—this Monday and Tuesday, the Geminids meteor shower, one of the most prolific, makes its appearance. Around midnight on the 14th and 15th is when we can start actually seeing the meteors (the moon makes it tough until then), but around 2 a.m. both mornings is when earthsky.org says the shower will climax. “The best viewing of the often bright, medium-speed meteors should be from late night December 13 until dawn December 14,” the website says.
And next week, there will be a total lunar eclipse—on the 20th for us. According to earthsky.org, the partial eclipse begins at 10:33 p.m. on the 20th and becomes a total eclipse at 11:41 p.m. The magic ends at 12:53 a.m., so there’s plenty of time to see it—and you should definitely see it, because although there are at least two lunar eclipses each year, total lunar eclipses are much less common.