Monday, December 15, 2014

Geminid Meteor Shower

Geminid Meteor Shower
Sunday night, December 14, was another beautiful clear night and my grandson and I went later in the night again out to the Stone Barn to photograph the Geminid meteor shower.  As we were driving on Route 24 right in front of us, there was a bright meteor in the sky, which I hoped would foretell of a good night ahead.

We photographed and observed from 9:30 PM to midnight and there were many meteors scattered all over the sky.  I captured a number of them, but was limited in the angle of view that I had.  My grandson was using a fisheye lens and hopefully he would have captured many more of the meteors.

Geminid Meteor Shower
Geminid Meteor Shower
Geminid Meteor Shower
We would've had stayed later, however, my grandson needed be up early in the morning to go to work.

The next meteor shower will be Quadrantids Active from January 1st to 10th 2015
The Quadrantids have the potential to be the strongest shower of the year but usually fall short due to the short length of maximum activity (6 hours) and the poor weather experienced during early January. The average hourly rates one can expect under dark skies is 25. These meteors usually lack persistent trains but often produce bright fireballs.  It's peak day will be January 2 to the third, and hopefully if we have good weather, it will be another night to try photographing the meteor shower.  I will set up another program and will send out information as soon as I have confirmed it.



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