Geminid Meteor Shower - December 13 & 14, 2014

Geminid Meteor Shower - December 13 & 14, 2014

Image Details

  • 6 hr stack of 1 second exposures
  • Custom Built All Sky Camera
  • Photoshop CS6
  • 8:00 PM - 2:00 AM MST, 12/13/2014 & 12/14/2014
  • Mead, Colorado

Weather: clear -> high clouds

The Geminid Meteor shower was cut short this year by a last quarter moon and clouds. But the shower still produced a good number of meteors.

The image shown is a 6 hour stack of continous video from 8:00 PM to 2:00 AM on December 13 and 14. This was the peak of this year's shower. 124 Geminids are captured including a fireball. The Geminids can be identified by their trails which point back to the shower radiant in Gemini. As the radiant is moving during this composite, the meteor trails show that movement.

In addition to the meteors, star and airplane trails, the Moon and the planet Jupiter can be seen in this image. The last quarter Moon is the bright, wide trail in the lower left of the image. Jupiter is the bright trail above the Moon. High clouds can be seen starting to stream in from the south. The lights on the horizon are from nearby houses and street lights.