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Tonight's the last night of the Geminid meteor shower. It's one of the most spectacular of the year and this evening's Western Slope weather is looking great for viewing.
If you're looking for lights this time of the year don't cruse the neighborhood gawking at the red and green ones strung on a house. Head out of town to see the real show! The 2017 Geminid meteor shower. This year is expected to be one of the best ever!

Helpful too is the moon rising late and in the "waning crescent" phase so a dark sky is guaranteed. Another thing too is that the Geminids are associated with an asteroid. That's different than those created by comets. I'm no scientist, but having an asteroid as the foundation creates the best source of the dust particles needed that will then burn up as they reach the earth's atmosphere creating a more specular show.

Tonight, the most meteors will be visible from midnight to 4 a.m. I know it's late but it'll be worth staying up. Also, as I've mentioned before, we're fortunate to have several cool spots to take in the shower. The Colorado National Monument works, although you will have the lights of Grand Junction to contend with. On top of The Grand Mesa is a great place. You'll want to dress warm and pack the extra outerwear. The fact is anywhere away from the city lights will work.

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