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View the Geminids Meteor Shower from these low-light spots in the Bay

The Geminids Meteor shower is one of most exciting celestial events of the year, and it peaks Dec. 13 through 14.

In low-light areas, you might be able to see between 50 and 100 meteors an hour, especially in the wee hours of the morning. That being said, most of the Bay Area is riddled with light pollution, so you’ll want to grab a Gig and drive out someplace dark to take in the full show.

You don’t have to go too far, really. Here are some of the best stargazing options in the area.

North Bay

  • Mount Tamalpais: Located just north of San Francisco in the heart of Marin County, you’ll be able to find a sweet spot at this park to witness the astronomical magic. The park closes after 7 p.m. – unless you're camping, so you’ll want to bring camping gear and snag a reservation or one of their first come, first serve sites.  
  • Point Reyes: Stargazing across the majestic Pacific Ocean is epic, and this beach is one of the best. You can pick up fire and camping permits at the Bear Valley Visitors Center.

East Bay

  • Grizzly Peak: A summit in the Berkeley Hills that boasts beautiful views of the Bay and is dark enough at night to really enjoy the meteor shower.
  • The Chabot Space and Science Center will be hosting a viewing party from 11 p.m. to 3:30 a.m. The $8 cover includes hot chocolate. 🔭

Check out EarthSky’s recommendations for watching the Geminids.

Don’t forget to bring your Gig Card to lock/unlock your ride outside cell service. If you haven’t received a card yet, you can request one in the app or pick one up at the Oakland Rockridge and Berkeley AAA branches.

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