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Incredible Sky Show: Geminid Meteor Shower Images from Around the World

Article Updated: 26 Apr , 2016

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Geminids at Gates Pass. Composite image from 30 frames of video. Credit: Sean Parker

The 2012 Geminid Meteor Shower has lived up to expectations, and here are some images and videos provided by people around the world.

“What an incredible show we had here!” said Sean Parker in Tucson, Arizona, USA. “I was able to see about 50 per hour.”

The images were shot at Gates Pass in Tucson, Arizona on the morning of 12-13-12. You can see M31 (Andromeda Galaxy 2.5 million light years away) at the left next to the Milky way.

More below, and you can click on most of these images to see larger versions in Flickr or Twitter.

Geminid Fireball. A large Geminid burns up in the atmosphere above the iconic Flatirons of Boulder, CO. Credit: Patrick Cullis

And another by Patrick:

Geminid Meteor Shower above the Flatirons, Boulder, CO. Credit: Patrick Cullis

Raining Down on Roseberry Topping (Geminid Meteor Shower 2012).Credit: Peter Greig.

Peter says: “This is the only meteor I caught whilst on a Geminid meteor hunting trip …at Captain Cooks Monument, Great Ayton, North Yorkshire, UK.”

Geminid Meteor Over Death Valley. Credit: Gavin Heffernan/SunChaser Pictures

Meteors in Malta. Credit: Leonard Ellul-Mercer

Leonard shares: “Last night the sky was totally overcast in Malta and this was very depressing as I was looking forward to this meteor shower. At around midnight I decided to retire, However, before doing so I went on the roof and noted some very small breaks in the cloud, but in a matter of 10 minutes I noted 6 bright meteors in these small gaps. So I presumed that there was a good meteor shower going on beyond those clouds. After about 30 mins. the cloud break increased and the show started off. It was a great meteor shower with bright meteors appearing every one or two minutes.”

Here’s a compilation of various views from a news station in Modesto, California. Some shots are obviously from a fish-eye camera:

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Tracey Young
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December 14, 2012 7:43 PM

My youngest son and I saw loads last night, but the clouds rolled in, sadly it’s raining now and won’t see any more. such a great thing to see smile

Noel Chenier
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Noel Chenier
December 14, 2012 7:55 PM

still a good opportunity tonight to see/photograph the Geminids! here’s some tips how: http://noelchenier.blogspot.ca/2012/11/the-awesome-gemenid-meteor-shower.html

kkt
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kkt
December 14, 2012 9:23 PM

Greetings from Seattle, where visible-light astronomers go after they die if they have lived very wicked lives. Raining, with multiple cloud layers, as usual during interesting astronomical events…

skipdallas
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skipdallas
December 19, 2012 1:43 PM

What you say is so true! I loved my time in Seattle except for the almost constant cloud cover. May I suggest that you go up into the mountains (The Cascades, or Olympic mountains) to view the heavens? It is worth the trip. You are above the clouds and a major part of the atmosphere, this makes for great viewing conditions! Dress warmly!

Julian Totti
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December 14, 2012 10:05 PM

Another composite from southern ontario in Canada:

beau
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beau
December 15, 2012 9:18 AM

Of course we’ve had clear skies and no rain for weeks, and then we’ve been cloudy and rainy since Thursday. At least the pictures are cool

Daniel Lowe
Guest
December 15, 2012 9:41 PM

Man, you guys got Sean Parker and Gavin H., but not my photos. I guess I didn’t tweet this fast enough… http://500px.com/photo/20605211 http://500px.com/photo/20607709

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