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‘StarGeezer’ to host celestial event

‘StarGeezer’ to host celestial event ‘StarGeezer’ to host celestial event

Celebrate the season with friends and family at a special celestial event — the peak of the Geminid meteor shower — with First Miracle winery and Stargeezer Astronomy.

The Geminids are usually the most active shower of the year and are often bright and intensely colored, said astronomer “StarGeezer” Mark Steven Williams.

Williams will host a Geminids wine-tasting party Sunday with wine tasting at 5:30 p.m. followed by an indoor “What’s Up” presentation and outdoor observing with a giant telescope.

The “What’s Up” presentation will preview the evening’s stargazing activities, highlight astronomy and space news with quizzes for prizes, including framed astronomy prints or a bottle of First Miracle wine.

Attendees are encouraged to bring a sleeping bag, lawn chair/lounger and hand warmers.

“Relaxing in a lawn lounger is the most comfortable way to view the meteors,” Williams said. “The telescope will be set up with a smartphone adapter, which will allow us to image the moon and planets with your phone.”

Rain, snow, extreme cold or cloudy weather will cancel the event. A “go/no go” decision will be announced 48 hours prior to the event.

“We use special observing/sky conditions forecasting,” Williams said. “If conditions warrant, this event may be moved to Saturday, Dec. 12.”

Admission will be $15 per person, $10 for military and first responders (ID required) and $30 per family (four persons). Admission includes wine tasting. The kitchen will be open.

You may register for only $1 online at

First Miracle winery is located at 8518 S. Kays Chapel Road near Fredericksburg; the phone number is 865-660-2488.

For more science/astronomy information about upcoming celestial events, visit the Stargeezer Astronomy Facebook page.