Geminid meteor image from John Chumack

Posted by Karri Ferron
on Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Geminid meteor showerNoted astrophotographer and Astronomy contributor John Chumack sent us a still image of the Geminid meteor shower, which peaked December 13/14. He shot the photo from his observatory in Dayton, Ohio. Read John’s comments below.

My backyard observatory’s “Northeast Video Sky Camera” captured 10 of the brightest Geminid meteors — despite the very bright and big Full Moon, some fog, and high cirrus clouds — from around midnight until 3 a.m. EST Monday, December 15 (unfortunately we lost power at 3:10 a.m., which shut my PC and video camera system down).

In 3 hours I captured 26 meteors total in just this 70° portion of the sky from Dayton, Ohio.

The time stamp image is from the brightest Geminid meteor at top center, which was around magnitude –4!

Unfortunately, clouds hindered our view Saturday night, but hopefully some of you had clear skies to enjoy it when it peaked.

Thanks, John!

If you had good skies for the Geminid meteor shower, share your stories with us. Or if you captured an image of the shower, send it to us at readergallery@astronomy.com.

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