Skip to comments.Geminids Rain Down Shooting Stars
Posted on 12/14/2012 5:24:29 AM PST by Mozilla
As I wrote a couple of days ago, the annual Geminid meteor shower peaked last night, raining down a magnificent display of shooting stars. Did you go out and watch?
A lot of photographers did. One was John Chumack, an accomplished astrophotographer, who captured this amazing shot of three meteors:
Chumack was in Yellow Springs, Ohio on the evening of the 12th (the day before the peak!) using a simple DSLR camera and a fisheye lens. This was a 25-second exposure, enough to see Orion, Jupiter (the bright star above Orion), Geminithe direction from which the eponymous meteors appear to radiateSirius, Capella, and a host of other stars.
Chumack says the meteor causing the brightest streak was as bright as Jupiter, and you can see from the photo that it must have flared at least once as it moved across the sky. A second bright meteor traveled down Orions side, and third fainter one can be seen just to the left of Betelgeuse, the orange star marking Orions right armpit (his right, our left, since the hunter is always depicted as facing us from the sky). Im not 100 percent convinced that last one was a Geminid, since the direction appears to be a little off, but its possible.
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I saw one from my bed before I fell asleep qt 830p est
As I was getting into bed a huge one fell in the southern sky. It was really bright and was framed by the window by my bed.
Nothing after that...my neck is killing me.
The sky over the Eastern Shore of Va was so clear last night. I could not stop walking out and viewing the skies....Enjoyed seeing all that God has created and thanked him for allowing me to see “his glory”
I saw one last night at 10pm when I went out to take a look myself.
Went out about 2:30 this morning.
I saw 4 Geminids in about 15 minutes - not bad for a location near city lights.
It was clear and cold.
I worked for a client in Las Vegas for over two years.
The best "show" was the clear night sky over Red Rock Park on a summer's evening. Not only was the sky beautiful, it was comfortable walking.
I thought it was suppose to be Thursday????
Saw no less than 30; 8 by 8:30pm CST, and the rest when I staggered out at 2a.m.
Went out and sat in the hot tub at 9:30pm EST here in West Michigan. Saw at least 10 in about 45 minutes. Almost all of them traveling east to west.