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Geminid Meteor Photographed by Daniel Stanyer, December 2011
Credit: Daniel Stanyer
Astrophotographer Dan Stanyer described taking this image: "I decided to brave the cold (-10'C) to try and watch the Geminid Meteor Shower tonight. I am certainly happy I did. As soon as I got out of the car I saw a long slow one streaking across the sky. Not long after that I saw a fireball, with smaller pieces breaking off it. Of course the camera was pointing in the other direction when that one happened. But then I saw this one. It was long and slow - visible for almost a full second. Right away I looked over at the camera to see if the shutter was open or not. It was a long wait to the end of the 15 second exposure from there. I was very excited to see that I had captured the entire thing, and called it a night right there. Although I might have to go back out, as the show is just supposed to start peaking at 10pm. All in all I saw 21 in the hour I was out, with 12 of those the slow streaking kind, 9 dimmer faster ones, and the one fireball. Its been a great couple days with the lunar eclipse and now this meteor show."