The Geminid meteor shower reaches its peak about 2am (Pacific Time) this Saturday morning. That’s also moonset, Pacific time. The show won’t be spectacular — one or two per minute — but there should be some slow meteors and fireballs.
If you’re in the Los Angeles area, the best place to watch is probably on either side of the Tejon Pass. Frazier Park is good, but it’s both high up (which means cold this time of year) and crowded enough so that headlights are a problem. My personal favorite is a spot near Gorman, which is just on the Los Angeles side of the pass.
Even if the meteor show is a bust, the general stargazing from there is a treat if you live in a city, and Orion will be high in the sky at that hour.
Any insomniac or stargazer in LA who wants to join a small expedition should email me at email@example.com. Leave about 2, get there just before 3, watch for an hour or two, get breakfast at a truckstop, go home and sleep.
“Stars, I have seen them fall,
but when they drop and die,
no star is lost at all
from all the star-strewn sky.”