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Geminid Meteor Streaking Twards the Pleiades

 Geminid Meteor Streaking Twards the Pleiades by Thomas Kerns of Beluga Lake Observaory

Object: Geminid Meteor Streaking Twards the Pleiades
Description This is a photo of a Geminid meteor (fireball) streaking twards the Pleiades. Mars is in the lower left of the meteor.
The meteors in the Geminid hower appear to come from a radiant in the constellation Gemini (hence the shower's name). However, they can appear almost anywhere in the night sky, and often appear yellowish in hue. The meteors travel at medium speed in relation to other showers, at about 22 miles per second, making them fairly easy to spot.
The Geminids are not ordinary meteors. While most meteor showers come from comets, Geminids come from an asteroid—a near-Earth object named 3200 Phaethon.
Scope Canon 15mm fisheye f/2.8
Camera Canon 40D
Filters none
Mount Tripod
Guiding No guiding
Single 20 second exposure, iso 3200



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