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Available Expert - Two celestial occurrences set for our region in the coming days

Thursday, December 10, 2020

Queen’s University expert and PhD Candidate Connor Stone (Astrophysics) is available to talk about the Geminid Meteor Shower, which is expected to be at its peak on Sunday, December 13.

“The yearly Geminid meteor shower should be especially brilliant this year” says Stone.  “Find a patch of dark sky, bring a blanket, and a friend for a cosmic show as debris from an ancient comet strikes the Earth's atmosphere at over 30 kilometres per second.”

Peaking at over one meteor per minute, the Geminids is expected to be the best shower of 2020. The best time to view it is 2am, though it will be visible throughout the evening.

Another astronomical event of interest to star gazers involves the rare Great Conjunction on Dec 21. Jupiter and Saturn will pass closer to each other than they have in hundreds of years.  “Bring a pair of binoculars or a small telescope and you will be treated to seeing both planets at the same time. They will look like an especially bright star” says Stone.  “You won't get another chance to see this for 60 years so make sure not to miss it.” It is best viewed just after sunset.

To arrange an interview, please contact communications officer Anne Craig (613-533-2877 or anne.craig@queensu.ca) or Julie Brown (343-363-2763 or julie.brown@queensu.ca) at Queen’s University News and Media Services Department in Kingston, Ont., Canada.  

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