Astrophoto: Comet Shower at Captain Cook’s Monument

by Nancy Atkinson on January 2, 2013

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Comet shower at Captain Cook’s Monument. Credit: Peter Greig

An obelisk dedicated to Captain Cook sits atop of Easby Moor in North Yorkshire, England. In this stunning image, Peter Greig and his colleague David Relph captured ‘comet like’ star trails during the Geminid meteor shower last month. This is a composite of twenty 30-second exposures that give the stars a comet-like appearance. It almost looks like a snow-shower, too!

Be on the lookout tonight for the Quadrantid meteor shower. Best viewing will be in the northern hemisphere.

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OldRedned January 3, 2013 at 2:36 PM

But it’s not a comet shower, it’s star trails – you say so yourself. So why is the photo and article entitled ‘Comet shower at Captain Cook’s Monument’ ?

Mike Egan January 3, 2013 at 2:48 PM

It is called poetic licence

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