One consistent piece of feedback we receive from our guests is that Getaway is the perfect place, far from the light pollution of the city, to see the stars and constellations. Here’s what you can look forward to seeing in the sky this month on your next escape to nature.
Mars in Opposition to The Sun
The first think you can look out for is Mars. Mars will be the closest it gets to Earth all month long, and since it is in Opposition to the Sun, Mars will be illuminated and easy to see and photograph each night. Look for it’s rust-orange color to confirm you’ve found it.
The Geminids Meteor Shower
For a real treat, look to the skies to catch The Geminids Meteor Shower between December 7th-17th. This annual meteor shower is one of the most popular in astronomy circles because it consists of up to 120 multicolored meteors per hour during its peak (between the night of December 13th and the morning of the 14th this year). The meteors appear in the sky near the constellation of Gemini, identified by first looking for Orion, which looks like a big hour glass. From there, Gemini is Northeast of Orion, in between the Taurus and Cancer constellations. This meteor shower is best viewed after midnight, so enjoy a slow evening chatting around the fire and take a peak into the sky before heading in for a great night’s sleep.
Looking for more wisdom from the stars? Check out our collaboration with The Cosmic Latte where their team outlined the best ways to spend your Getaway based on your moon sign.