Geminids Meteor Shower

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Last night was the peak of the Geminids Meteor Shower. These Shooting Stars are dust particles left behind by the asteroid Phaethon.

It was hoped that there would be a lot of activity last night, however, it wasn’t the show I was hoping for with very little visible meteors burning up.

I left the camera capturing a 15 second exposure every 20 seconds between 10:16pm and 11:23pm. During this time the camera captured a few meteors, however, only 7 were bright enough to use. Can you spot all 7?

Therefore, I decided to merge all 203 photos together to create a star trail photograph also showing these 6 meteors. The reason the stars create a trail is that due to the Earth spinning on its axis and moving around the sun they appear to move in the sky. Polaris, otherwise known as the North Star, is just out of shot on the top left. This star doesn’t move much due to it being aligned with the Earths axis, hence the name North Star, all other stars then appear to rotate around it. The stars on the top right of the photo appear much brighter, this is the Milky Way.

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Geminids Star Trail (2017)

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