Ursid Meteor Shower - December 22, 2014

Ursid Meteor Shower - December 22, 2014

Image Details

  • 30 minute stack of 1 second exposures
  • Custom Built All Sky Camera
  • Photoshop CS6
  • 1:30 AM - 2:00 AM MST
  • 12/22/2014
  • Mead, Colorado

The Ursid Meteor shower was cut short this year by cloud cover. There was a short break in the clouds around 2:00 AM; when this image was captured.

The image above is a 0.5 hour stack of continous video from 1:30 AM to 2:00 AM on December 22. This was the peak of this year's shower. One Ursid and one sparodic was captured in the image above. The Ursid can be identified by it's trail which points back to the shower radiant in Ursa Minor (Little Dipper). It is at the upper center of the image close to Polaris. (The only star in the image that appears as a point.)

In addition to the meteors, clouds can be seen in this image. The lights on the horizon are from nearby houses and street lights.