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Skywatcher Photos: 2012 Quadrantid Meteor Shower

Possible Quadrantid Meteor Photographed by Brian Emfinger (Uncropped)

Brian Emfinger

Brian Emfinger took this photograph on Jan. 2, 2012, in Ozark, Arkansas. He said: "The radiant is very very close to the Quadrantid but Im not 100% sure it is indeed a Quadrantid."

Possible Quadrantid Meteor Photographed by Brian Emfinger

Brian Emfinger

Brian Emfinger took this photograph of a possible Quadrantid meteor on Jan. 2, 2012, in Ozark, Arkansas. He referred to this image as a "cropped star trail stack."

2012 Quadrantid Meteor Shower Sky Map

Starry Night Software

The first major meteor shower of 2012 takes place on the night of Tuesday, Jan. 3 and the morning of Wednesday, Jan. 4. It peaks at 2 a.m. EST (0700 GMT) on Jan. 4.

Slow-Moving Quadrantid

NASA/MSFC/Meteoroid Environments Office/Bill Cooke and Danielle Moser

The meteor was recorded at approximately 10:34:16 UTC in an allsky camera at the Marshall Space Flight Center.

Slow-Moving Quadrantid

NASA/MSFC/Meteoroid Environments Office/Bill Cooke and Danielle Moser

The image shows the meteor's path captured by an allsky color camera, also located at the Marshall Center.

Quandrantid Meteors and Zodiac Lights over the Florida Keys

Jeff Berkes

Astrophotographer Jeff Berkes took this photo Jan. 4, 2012, and said: "I captured at least a dozen meteors and counted about 100. This year was certainly better than last year. The Zodiac Lights could been seen for a good hour before dawn started as seen on the one side of the photo."

Quandrantid Meteors and Zodiac Lights over the Florida Keys 2

Jeff Berkes

Astrophotographer Jeff Berkes took this photo of the Quadrantid meteor shower on Jan. 4, 2012.

Quadrantid Meteor Shower, Maurice River, NJ, January 2012

Jack Fusco

Astrophotographer Jack Fusco caught the Quadrantid meteor shower in Maurice River, NJ, at the East Point Lighthouse, January 2012. A meteor is visible over the right side of the lighthouse.

Quadrantid Meteor Shower, Maurice River, NJ, January 2012

Jack Fusco

Astrophotographer Jack Fusco caught the Quadrantid meteor shower in Maurice River, NJ, at the East Point Lighthouse, January 2012. He says this image consists of "a total of 509 frames stacked to create star trails showing the meteors through the trails. The trails were taken from 3 am until just after 6 am which accounts for the early twilight light in the right side of the frame."

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