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Geminids Meteor Shower 2022 (How to Watch in San Francisco)

The cosmos’ annual gift to sky watchers, the Geminids Meteor shower, will peak on Dec. 13-14 for 2022.

During peak activity and perfect weather conditions, which are rare, the Geminids produce approximately 100-150 meteors per hour for viewing. However, for 2022 a bright waning gibbous moon will make it harder to view most of the shower, resulting in only 30-40 visible meteors per hour at the peak in the Northern Hemisphere, depending on sky conditions. But the Geminids are so bright that this should still be a good show.

The Geminids start around 7 or 8 p.m. Pacific Time (after, according to timeanddate.com, the “radiant” climbs above the horizon) on Dec. 13, making it a great viewing opportunity for any viewers who cannot be awake during later hours of the night.

San Francisco Bay Area Important Meteor Show Times

  • Radiant (Shower Origin) Rise over horizon- December 13, 2022 at 6:01p
  • Moonrise – December 13, 2022 at 9:55p
  • Geminds Expected Peak – December 14, 2022 around 2-4a

The shower will peak at 4 a.m. Pacific Time on Dec. 14, but the best rates will be seen earlier around 2 a.m. local time. You can still view Geminids just before or after this date, but the last opportunity is on Dec. 17 – when a dedicated observer could possibly spot one or two on that night.

Geminds Watch Party 2022
Chabot Space & Science Center – Late Night Tuesday, December 13 – 11:45p to 3am – $15 adults, $7 kids

For prime viewing, find an area away from city and streetlights, bundle up for winter weather conditions, bring a blanket or sleeping bag for extra comfort, lie flat on your back with your feet facing south, and look up.

Be sure to give yourself at least an hour of observing time. It takes about 30 minutes for your eyes to adapt to the dark. Don’t look at your phone as it will ruin your night vision.

Learn more at space.com and NASA


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