Geminids Meteor Shower Viewing Location

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Does anyone know the best place around Santa Barbara to view the Geminids meteor shower in a couple weeks?

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EastBeach Dec 02, 2017 03:27 PM
Geminids Meteor Shower Viewing Location

If you Google on 'light pollution map' you'll find a really cool interactive map which will give you an idea of where to go. The map is based on NOAA data from the VIIRS instrument package flying onboard the SUOMI-NPP satellite. VIIRS was designed in Goleta by the old Santa Barbara Remote Sensing which was a part of Hughes Aircraft.

Luvaduck Dec 02, 2017 01:59 PM
Geminids Meteor Shower Viewing Location

The astronomy club, Astronomy Unit I think is the name, shares their telescopes for public viewing often and are super nice. One place they regularly do it was at the Natural History Museum, but the museum is all torn up for remodeling currently. Desk might still know or connect you with their "star guy" though.

macpuzl Dec 02, 2017 02:05 PM
Geminids Meteor Shower Viewing Location

Luvaduck - The monthly public star parties are still happening at SBMNH (see Edhat Events). We set up in an area that is only marginally affected by the construction. They happen on the second Saturday of each month, weather permitting, and they're free. The astronomy club is called the Santa Barbara Astronomical Unit.

Becky Dec 01, 2017 04:48 PM
Geminids Meteor Shower Viewing Location

In past years, I would lie in the (WCGC) gun club rifle & pistol range parking lot, on West Camino Cielo, for my meteor shower viewing. I was a WCGC member then. The astronomy club had an informal agreement with the gun club that they could use the club parking lots and ranges (with unobstructed views of the night sky) for events such as this, provided everyone parked responsibly -- off the road, and NOT blocking the gates of the club, regardless of the time of day or night. I do not know if the current club leadership if open to this, but if you are quiet and respectful and park responsibly and just walk in to view the meteor shower, I can't imagine anyone objecting.

macpuzl Dec 01, 2017 04:32 PM
Geminids Meteor Shower Viewing Location

Find the darkest place you can with relatively uncluttered horizons. Up on East or West Camino Cielo on the other side of the ridgeline from SB and Goleta works well. Prime time is the night of the 13th/14th. The radiant rises early, but views are still best after midnight. Recline with your feet to the northeast, and watch the whole sky.

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