In case you missed the first lunar eclipse this year, people in the western U.S and areas of the Pacific will have a chance to see another lunar eclipse on this Saturday, December 10, 2011. EarthSky has some great tips for watching the eclipse, including a map showing where the eclipse will be visible.
The next few days are also good times for viewing the Geminid meteor shower, with peak shower activity expected on December 13 and 14, 2011. Moonlight may interfere with viewing at certain times.
1. Try to find a place that is dark for best viewing. Porch and street lights can fade out the meteors.
2. Remind your children there may be several minutes between sightings. In the wee hours of the morning it can be hard to be patient.
3. Blankets and lawn chairs that allow for viewing in a prone position help prevent neck strain and keep chilly viewers warm.
Once again, EarthSky has more detailed information.
This Tonight’s Sky video has even more objects to look for in the December 2011 skies.
If you do go out and observe some of these, I would love to hear what you see.