Astrophotos: Views of the Geminid Meteor Shower from Around the World
It’s nice to know that not everyone around the world was plagued by clouds, dense fog, driving rain and snowstorms like we had in Minnesota during this year’s Geminid Meteor Shower (and all that weather was within one 24-hour period!) In fact, some astrophotographers were able to capture some stunning views of the Geminids, like this absolutely gorgeous shot of a meteor over Mt. Fuji in Japan.
“I’ve captured Fuji with meteors many times in the past,” said photographer Yuga Kurita. “So I went ambitious this time. I tried to capture Fuji and a meteor reflected in Lake Saiko with a standard focal length lens. When I saw this meteor, I was absolutely stunned.”
Astrophotographer Mary Spicer shared these four meteor shots, and added, “Over about 90 minutes we saw a total of 61 meteors, 57 of which were Geminids and 6 were fireballs.”
A timelapse movie taken by Michael Mauldin of the clouds and stars over Liberty Hill, Texas on Saturday, December 13, 2014. Two Geminid meteors are captured (each frame is frozen for a few seconds so you can see them):
While the above photo doesn’t have any meteors, it still garners a place in this post because astrophotographer Sergio Garcia Rill was waiting and hoping to capture some. Alas, writes Rill on Flickr, “While I had good enough luck to get some relatively clear skies for the Geminids meteor shower I think I wasn’t fortunate enough to catch any meteors on camera. I saw about a dozen meteors with my eyes, and a couple in the direction my cameras were pointing, but they probably weren’t strong enough to get captured with the settings I had.”