Stargazers, get ready. It will soon be a great time to admire the constellation Gemini, and could potentially be a terrific opportunity to teach your kids some astronomy: and they can learn while the stars (well, at least some of them) will be especially bright. Beginning tomorrow night, Wednesday, Dec. 2, and the next night, Thursday, Dec. 3, Gemini will be putting on a vibrant show, as the waning gibbous moon is set to shine in front of the constellation shortly after nightfall, making it an ideal post-dinner activity with the kids. You probably won’t be able to see the entire outline of the constellation, however, its bright stars Castor and Pollux will likely be visible, according to EarthSky.
But the show won’t end on Dec. 3, of course, since people will have the Geminid meteor shower to look forward to later on this month. The meteor shower will appear to emanate from Gemini, at the mighty Castor to be more precise, although the apparent alignment is basically just by chance. Gemini is the radiant point of the Geminid, which will be at its peak on Monday, Dec. 14, or rather between night and morning of Sunday, Dec. 13 and Monday, Dec. 14. That means a late bedtime, but stargazers will be rewarded for their efforts since there will also be a new moon on Dec. 14 (in addition to a total eclipse of the sun, so check if you’ll be able to see it in your area!) so the moon won’t interfere with observing the meteor shower. It will certainly be something to look forward to.