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Geminid Meteor Shower: 5 Viewing Tips

The Geminid Meteor Shower is the last meteor shower of 2012 but it also is the brightest. Here are tips to get the best views of the shooting stars.

Floridians are in luck when trying to get good views of the Geminid Meteor Showers. If you are anywhere near the coast and away from city lights, you may be in for a spectacular show.

Here are 5 tips to make the most of the light show, with help from EarthSky.org:

1.) Watch the skies after midnight. You are most likely to see greater numbers of "shooting stars" tonight, Thursday, from midnight to 2 a.m.

2.) Get away from the city lights. Your best views will be away from the glare of city lights. That is why it's a good idea to head to the beach and look at the sky over the ocean. Stay away from hotel lights, too.

3.) Give yourself some time to adjust to viewing the dark sky. Your eyes need about 20-30 minutes to adjust to star gazing at night.

4.) Bring a friend. That way both of you can scan different parts of the night sky, and let the other know when a meteor shoots by.

5.) Bring a chair or sleeping bag, then be patient. Folks are so used to being entertained and to instant gratification, they need to practice patience and relax to fully appreciate the night sky and nature around them.

For more on the Geminids

Geminid Meteor Shower Mysteries

NASA Facebook Page

Meteor Shower Watchig on Florida Beaches

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