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Later this week the western Colorado night sky will be filled with shooting stars.
For stargazers, this is one of the years biggest events. The Geminid meteor shower is one of the years more spectacular with hundreds of meteors filling the night sky. This year, expect to see an average of 120 shooting stars an hour!

All you'll need to do is be as far away from city lights as you can get. What's nice too is that you won't have to be up in the middle of the night. The peak time will be shortly after 9 PM Thursday evening. The show will continue all night until the suns influence brightens the sky Friday morning.

Conditions really couldn't any more perfect. The moon will be in it's "waxing crescent" phase and will set early around 10:30 PM. That will leave the sky moon-free for better viewing. Plus, the weather looks good too. It will be cold so bundle up but it will be well worth the effort. The Grand Junction NWS forecast...

Thursday Night
Mostly clear, with a low around 18.
Friday
Sunny, with a high near 40.
Friday Night
Partly cloudy, with a low around 22.

Credit: Out There Colorado