December's deep, dark nights may be cold, but they generate ideal conditions for viewing the stars.
This year we also get a shot at seeing a major meteor shower and a rare chance to ring out the old year under a full moon.
The Geminid meteor shower peaks the evening of the 13th, spewing fireballs from a point near the Gemini twin Castor. This point, called the radiant, will be well up in the east by mid-evening and visible all night.
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