Mike's Astro Photos
Dec.10 2009

Geminid Meteor

by , under Comets & Meteors

Here’s a Geminid meteor picture I took right before the clouds rolled in December 9th, 2009. I haven’t plotted it in a star map yet, but I’m pretty sure the radiant is Gemini. After looking at the weather reports I’m afraid we will miss the peak of the shower here in Maryland due to rain and clouds so I was happy to have a break in the weather tonight and even happier to get lucky and catch another meteor.

Here’s a zoomed crop of the meteor. This was a 2 minute exposure at ISO 800 using a Canon 40D camera.

Geminid Meteor - December 9th, 2009

Geminid Sporadic Meteor - December 9th, 2009

Here’s the full picture. This was one of the last frames before the clouds came and blocked out the stars.

Geminid Meteor - December 10th, 2009

Geminid Sporadic Meteor - December 10th, 2009

The star in the center of the picture is Capella. The Pleiades is in the lower right.


1 Comment for this entry

  • Erika

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