Geminids Meteor Shower Peaks this Weekend
If the clouds clear out this weekend, Bitterroot Valley skywatchers might see some "falling stars."
The annual Geminids meteor shower is going on right now, though the peak of the event will be Saturday and Sunday. The Earth's orbit takes it through a debris field, probably left behind by the asteroid 3200 Phaethon, Astronomers aren't sure why, but the Geminids is usually one of the best meteor showers each year and can produce up to 120 meteors per hour, as mentioned on spaceweather.com.
Astronomers say the best time to view will be between midnight and dawn Saturday and Sunday, December 13 and 14.
Of course, as we've mentioned before, guessing the size of the meteor shower is a lot like predicting the weather. It could be very active or not so much. At any rate (pun intended), it's worth looking up.