Year's Strongest Meteor Shower Thursday Night

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With up to 40 meteors per hour, the Germinid meteor shower on Thursday, December 13 is expected to be the year's strongest and most productive.

To take advantage of this special event, Dan Glomski, Coordinator for Hastings College's Sachtleben Observatory, will lead astronomy novices and experts alike through a 7:30 p.m. public program at the observatory (4725 S. Wabash Ave.) on the 13th. The public is invited to attend this free event.

Following the program, the showers will be visible through telescopes from 8-9 p.m. Then, from 9-10 p.m., they will be visible through the unaided eye.

Hot chocolate, tea and coffee will be available. Visitors are encouraged to bring blankets and reclining lawn chairs for optimal meteor view. They should also dress warmly.

Because the event is held weather permitting and will be cancelled if skies are cloudy, please call Starline at 402-462-7378 or check out the Sachtleben Observatory's Facebook page; both will be updated by 5 p.m. Thursday afternoon.