Geminid Meteor Shower
Date(s) - December 13, 2016
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Prairie Heritage Center
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The last meteor shower of the year, the Geminids, is on display. This night sky event is a favorite meteor shower viewing opportunity for a variety of reasons. This shower is one of the most reliable of the year, seen as the earth passes through the remnants of the asteroid 3200 Phaethon. Darkness sets in early; and although the likelihood of seeing meteors increases throughout the night and peaks at around 2:00 a.m., an evening walk may be the best time to catch a view of an earth grazer meteor. An earth grazer is a slow-moving, long-lasting meteor that travels horizontally across the sky. While hiking, participants will also have the opportunity to engage in other night events such as owl calling and star gazing.
The O’Brien County Conservation Board is hosting a night walk on Tuesday, December 13 beginning at 7:00 p.m. Come dressed for the weather and prepared for a walk outdoors on uneven terrain. The Meteor Shower Walk will offer a different look at the winter prairie under the cover of night.
For more information, contact the Prairie Heritage Center at 712-295-7200. Help celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Prairie Heritage Center in 2016!