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Meteor shower to be featured

Haleakala National Park will offer a new virtual night sky program for the upcoming Geminids meteor shower, which will peak on the evening of Dec. 13, the park announced Wednesday.

“Gifts of the Geminids” will explore what causes meteor showers and what they reveal about the cosmos. Listeners can stream the podcast while watching the shower or download it ahead of time. The meteor shower this year will peak during the new moon, giving viewers across the Northern Hemisphere an opportunity to see scores of meteors every hour.

“This podcast is a way for our night sky program to go beyond the park borders,” Night Sky Park Ranger Laurel McKenzie said in a news release. “We want to connect people with their night skies while taking pandemic precautions at home.”

Visitors can enter the Summit District of the park to view the meteor shower from overlooks and parking lots. As part of the phased resumption of park operations, all trails and campgrounds, including the Hosmer Grove area, are closed after dark, and no camping is currently permitted. Visitors are asked to social distance and bring a face mask.

For more information and to download the podcast, visit www.nps.gov/hale/learn/photosmultimedia/gifts-of-the-geminids-podcast.htm.

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