The 2011 Quadrantids Meteor Shower peaked this morning at 1:00 a.m.
I took photos last night continuously from about 8:00 PM till dawn and only caught one meteor, but it was a good one.
Here’s the meteor at full resolution:
The cool thing about it is, the meteor left behind a visible smoke trail that showed up in 20+ consecutive frames after the flash. That’s more than 10 minutes! Its hard for me to say for sure, but I think this may have been a fireball.
Here’s an animated sequence of about 10 frames that shows the smoke trail left by the meteor.
This shower will be active until January 10th and with all the fireball activity happening lately, it is worth checking out!
Canon 50d DSLR
25 Seconds @ ISO 800
Canon EF 15mm f/2.8 fish eye lens
Mounted Piggy Back to CGEM
As I was driving home today I realized that I would have probably caught this picture on one of my new security cameras. I knew the exact time was 2:43, so when I got home I checked the video log. Sure enough, I just barely caught it at the edge of the screen.
Look in the center top of the video to see the fireball at the 2 second mark. You may need to replay the video a few times to get it.