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If your in the mood for a drive and a late night date to star gaze your in luck. The DNR announced that there will be a viewing at the Paynetown SRA for the Geminids Meteor Shower later this month.

Usually one of the strongest showers each year, the Geminids often produce bright and intensely colored meteors.

Monroe Lake will host a viewing event for the Geminids at Paynetown State Recreation Area on Tuesday, December 13 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The event will take place next to Deer Run Shelter; a directional sign will be posted at the Entrance Gatehouse.

The property’s naturalist, Jill Vance, will explain the science behind the meteor shower and provide a fire and hot chocolate to help keep you warm. Vance recommends bringing folding chairs or blankets to recline on for more comfortable sky viewing.

The program requires clear (or mostly clear) skies and will be cancelled if there is too much cloud cover. If sky conditions look iffy, you can check the program status any time after 4 p.m. by calling the Paynetown Activity Center (812-837-9967) or going to www.facebook.com/monroelake.

Paynetown SRA (stateparks.IN.gov/2954.htm) is at 4850 South State Road 446, Bloomington, 47401. There is no entrance fee charged during the winter months.

To view all DNR news releases, please see dnr.IN.gov.

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