Posted: Dec 13, 2010 10:11 AM by Adam Bell
Looking for the perfect holiday activity? Just look up. Tonight you can catch one of two shows this month up in the sky.
Peaking after midnight tonight through dawn tomorrow is the Geminid meteor shower, so named because meteors appear to radiate out from the stars that make up the constellation Gemini. Considered the "grand finale" meteor shower of the year, Geminid watchers can expect to see 50 or more glowing meteor streams an hour.
Next Monday night, the sun, moon and Earth perform a rare pas de trois, lining up in precise formation so that the earth blocks the sun's rays from striking the moon, also known as a lunar eclipse. Depending on how the light hits, it may appear as if the moon disappears entirely or sends out a colored glow.
The best way to view both events is to find the most secluded spot you can find, as far as you can get from the artificial lights that can obscure viewing the night sky