Stay Eat Events Weather Beaches

Gemind Meteors Brightest of Year: Will Oregon, Washington Coast See Them?

Published 12/08/2019 at 2:35 PM PDT
By Oregon Coast Beach Connection staff

Gemind Meteors Brightest of Year: Will Oregon, Washington Coast See Them?

Latest Coastal Lodging News Alerts
In Seaside:
Includes exclusive listings; some specials even in summer
In Cannon Beach:
Includes rentals not listed anywhere else
In Manzanita, Wheeler, Rockaway Beach:
Check each listing for specials
In Pacific City, Oceanside:
Some Deals even in summer; great packages
In Lincoln City:
Major price drops on some dates and some lodgings
In Depoe Bay, Gleneden Beach:
Specials can still be found
In Newport:
Includes exclusive listings not found anywhere
In Waldport
New amenities offered; specials
In Yachats, Florence
Some specials; lodgings not listed anywhere else

(Oregon Coast) – They’re already here, so you may be seeing them overhead just outside of major Oregon and Washington towns. The most intense meteor shower of the year is happening right now, called the Geminids, and along the Washington coast and the Oregon coast (as well as places like Portland, Pendleton, Seattle and Eugene) it will peak on December 13 and 14. (Above: star movement over Cannon Beach).

As many as 120 per hour might be seen on that Friday and Saturday night, but at this time the weather isn’t promising to cooperate. From the southern Oregon coast up through the southern Washington coast, and in most of inland Oregon, predictions are showing cloudy for those nights, as well as plenty of rain. Farther up the Washington coast and into the metro area around Seattle and Tacoma, forecasts from the National Weather Service (NWS) are showing mostly cloudy, which could indicate some breaks.

In the end, Washington will get more of a glimpse than Oregon, if Oregon gets it at all.

There’s also an almost-full moon happening those nights, which will likely dampen all but the brightest shooting stars as well. You could say the stars are against us in the Pacific Northwest. However, since these shooting stars can be exceptionally bright at times, some of them may punch right through the moon’s glow.

The Geminids run from December 4 through 17.

According to Jim Todd of Portland's OMSI, the Geminids will generally be coming from all directions in the sky, but many will have a path traceable to the constellation Gemini near the star Castor. If you can, start looking just after skies get really dark, they hit the atmosphere at a shallow angle and then burn slowly across the sky.

Oregon Coast Beach Connection is pleased to announce it was recently named one of Oregon's top News and Travel sites by Feedspot. See the link.

The Geminids are debris from an asteroid called 3200 Phaethon, which has some unusual characteristics in its orbit. It behaves a little more like a comet: since it does actually move in an orbit it's been nicknamed the “rock comet.”

You’ll want to get away from bright city lights and out into rural areas, which makes the Oregon coast fairly ideal. Good spots will be high vantage points like those at Manzanita, just south of Cannon Beach, Cape Foulweather and the lookouts near Cape Perpetua just south of Yachats. See Washington Coast Weather - Oregon Coast Weather - 

Oregon Coast Hotels for this event - Where to eat - Map - Virtual Tour

 









More About Oregon Coast hotels, lodging.....

More About Oregon Coast Restaurants, Dining.....

 

Oregon Coast event or adventure you can't miss

 



Coastal Spotlight


LATEST Related Oregon Coast Articles

Sneaker Wave Dangers Sunday on Oregon, Washington Coast: How to Enjoy
Large breakers and the substantial dangers of sneaker waves; South coast no issues
Nocturnal Revelations at a Secret Oregon Coast Spot: Viewpoint Behind the Vis...
There's only a small bench here, and a small opening between buildings from which to rest and look down at the rocky shelves next to the southern side of the bay mouth. Travel tips
Four Unheralded, Wowing Wonders of Depoe Bay: Central Oregon Coast
There's so much to this little town you couldn't explore it all in one day, and yet most of its truly amazing aspects lie just below the obvious. Travel tips, whales
Central Oregon Coast History Museum Takes It Up a Notch in February
Some new features, a new exhibit and a talk are all winter highlights at the North Lincoln County Historical Museum in Lincoln City, adding some extra flavor. Lincoln City events
King Tides and Oregon Coast Citizen Science Events at Yachats, Florence
King tides and other forms of citizen science will be the focus of two events later in January. Yachats events
S. Oregon Coast's Charleston Features Annual Crab Shindig Feb. 8
The little place with the big marina on the southern Oregon coast gets rather crabby about this time of year. Florence events
Water Spout and Confirmed Tornado Today on Oregon Coast: Some Damage
A water spout appeared off Depoe Bay and what is now a confirmed tornado touched down in Manzanita. Weather
Storms Deposit Oddities like Sea Cucumber, Velella onto Oregon Coast
Unique creatures have popped up, including the famed velella velella and a weird little critter that looks like a worm but isn't. Science

Back to Oregon Coast

Contact Advertise on BeachConnection.net
All Content, unless otherwise attributed, copyright BeachConnection.net Unauthorized use or publication is not permitted

Oregon Coast Lodging
Rentals
Specials

Dining

Events Calendar

Oregon Coast Weather

Travel News

Search for Oregon Coast Subjects, Articles

Virtual Tours, Maps
Deep Details