With some of the darkest skies in the greater Triangle & Triad area, the Animal Park at the Conservators Center offers superb viewing conditions for astronomical events and phenomena. On December 13, 2019, join us in the green space and event field by our Visitors Center to view the Geminid Meteor Shower! You’ll have an unobstructed view of the sky with opportunities to view up to 20–30 meteors per hour given waning gibbous, or just-past-full moon, lighting conditions this year. “It won’t be a total washout, because the Geminids have a lot of fireballs in them,” according to NASA meteor expert Bill Cooke, which may be visible despite the moon1. You’ll also have excellent viewing opportunities of the Moon, Betelgeuse, and other stars in the winter sky with your binoculars or telescope. What makes this viewing party unique, however, is the company you’ll keep. Our park of over 70 animals features a large population of vocal, social carnivores including lions and wolves, as well as other vocal species like jungle cats, coyote, and New Guinea singing dogs, who will all keep you enthralled with their chorus of howls, roars, and calls. It’s an experience unlike any other! Join us at 7:30pm for a unique, dark-light tour through the park—a rare and unparalleled experience at the Animal Park—before the viewing party begins at 9pm, or skip the tour to set up camp with your tent and telescope at 8pm! Whichever option you choose, you’ll have an excellent viewing opportunity of this fireball-rich event and the other celestial objects available in the night sky.