Fog, clouds block weekend meteor shower

In the picture, it looks like several meteors are falling at once. That is a trick of the camera. Meteors typically fall one by one, at random across the night sky. (Courtesy of NASA/Jeff Dai, 2012)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — One of the best meteor shower displays of the year will be blocked from view this weekend by low clouds and fog in West Michigan.

The Geminid Meteor shower happens every December around this time. It is known for producing especially “bright” meteors. This year, experts say to expect to see as many as 120 shooting across the sky per hour. That is, if the sky is clear, which it is not in West Michigan.

This year, the moon phase is good for viewing. It is a waning gibbous, which means only about a quarter of the moon is showing. This means less light pollution, and a better chance at seeing meteors. The shower is supposed to really get going after midnight, with the best show happening near dawn on Sunday.

Unfortunately, widespread clouds and fog will blanket West Michigan the entire weekend. This will completely block any view of the Geminids from local star gazers. But this meteor shower can be viewed nation wide, so it is worth a mention to friends or family outside of the Great Lakes region who are luck enough to have clear skies Saturday night.


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