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See it! 2015 Gemind meteor shower photos

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View larger. | Marko Korosec wrote:

View larger. | Marko Korosec wrote: “A spectacular show of Geminid meteors last night, as I experienced in the Julian Alps of NW Slovenia. Crystal clear airmass and very active meteor shower produced a great show, ZHR (zenithal hourly rate) was 150-200 per hour or occasionally even higher! Dec 14-15th, 2015. Canon 6D, Samyang 14mm f/2.8. Photoshop composite.” Visit Marko’s website.

Eddie Irizarry of the Sociedad de Astronomía del Caribe said it was one of the best meteor showers their group had seen in many years!

Rocky Raybell submitted this photo to EarthSky and commented:

Rocky Raybell submitted this photo to EarthSky and commented: “Missed Sunday night because of clouds, but Monday was clear. Got this and a few more with my back to the radiant.”

Randy Baumhover captured this image on December 14 at Meyers Creek Beach on the Oregon coast.  Thanks, Randy!

Randy Baumhover captured this image on December 14 at Meyers Creek Beach on the Oregon coast. Thanks, Randy!

The beautiful timelapse above is from Jeremy Evans, who captured it in the Mojave Desert. He said there was light pollution from Las Vegas and Los Angeles, and that the best part (besides the meteors!) is the Andromeda Galaxy passing the top right of frame near the end.

Yuri Beletsky wrote from Chile:

Yuri Beletsky sent this composite image from Chile, and he wrote: “A view from Atacama desert. On the night Dec 13-14 we were very lucky to witness an amazing celestial event! The ‘stars were falling from the sky’ and it was a remarkable sight. I took this image at Carnegie Las Campanas Observatory located in the south of Atacama desert in Chile. You can see numerous meteors as well as the Milky Way. One can easily recognize Orion constellation (although, for those who are in the Northern hemisphere it looks upside down). The telescopes on the foreground are the 6.5-m Magellans (Baade and Clay). I hope you’ll enjoy the view!” Thank you, Yuri!Visit Yuri on Facebook.

This Geminid meteor caught by Muhd Luqmanul Hakim at the tip of Borneo, Kudat Sabah, Malaysia - looks as if it's aimed for the Large Magellanic Cloud. Thank you, Muhd!

This Geminid meteor caught by Muhd Luqmanul Hakim at the Tip of Borneo, near the town of Kudat, in the state of Sabah, in Malaysia – looks as if it’s aimed for the Large Magellanic Cloud. He caught this at an event organized by Sabah Stargazers with public. Thank you, Muhd!

Cynthia Haithcock in Troy, North Carolina caught this Geminid on December 14. Looks like a bright one!  She wrote:

Cynthia Haithcock in Troy, North Carolina caught this Geminid on December 14. Looks like a bright one! She wrote: “Last night after reading about the Geminid meteor shower that was taking place, I decided to go outside and attempt to catch one on camera. After several out-of-focus attempts I finally got one. This was my first time ever capturing one and I definitely plan on experimenting with them more in the future.”

Geminids on the night of December 14, from Kev's Kaptures in eastern Colorado.

Geminids on the night of December 14, from Kev’s Kaptures in eastern Colorado.

Geminid meteor on the night of December 14 - from Australia - by Murray Fox Photography.

Geminid meteor on the night of December 14 – from Australia – from our friend Murray Fox Photography.

Gregor in Switzerland submitted this composite image from the morning of December 15.

Gregor in Switzerland submitted this composite image from the morning of December 15. “Pushed exposure 2 stops, white balance, saturation, vibrance and contrast adjustments in Lightroom, stitched together in Photoshop.”

Susan Jensen said her sky finally cleared, and she caught these meteors around midnight on December 14.

Susan Jensen in Odessa, Washington said her sky finally cleared, and she caught these meteors around midnight on December 14.

View larger. | Geminid meteor caught in Nepal by Jeff Dai.  Jeff wrote:

View larger. | Geminid meteor caught above lights of the Bhaktapur Durbar Square in Nepal, by Jeff Dai. Jeff wrote: “Bhaktapur Durbar Square is the plaza in front of the royal palace of the old Bhaktapur Kingdom, It is one of three Durbar Squares in the Kathmandu Valley in Nepal, all of which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The imaged captured the Statue of Bhupatindra Malla (right), Taleju Bell (middle), Yaksheshvara Temple (middle), and Chyasilin Mandap (left), but the famous Vatsala Devi temple was demolished by the 8.1-magnitude earthquake on April 25, 2015.” Visit Jeff’s website.

View larger. | Geminid meteor shower between 1 and 3 a.m. on December 14, 2015. Looking to the east in Tisma Star Park, Masaya, Nicaragua. Canon 7D + Tokina 10-17mm Fisheye. Photo by Osiris Castillo.

View larger. | Geminid meteor shower between 1 and 3 a.m. on December 14, 2015. Looking to the east in Tisma Star Park, Masaya, Nicaragua. Canon 7D + Tokina 10-17mm Fisheye. Photo by Osiris Castillo.

View larger. | Sergio Garcia Rill caught this Geminid on December 13, 2015 during the peak of the Geminid meteor shower. He wrote:

View larger. | Sergio Garcia Rill caught this meteor on December 13, 2015 during the peak of the Geminid meteor shower. He wrote: “I stopped by the George Observatory inside Brazos Bend State Park near Houston, Texas … I captured a few meteors, but this is by far the coolest. This was a fireball that lit up the sky causing the spectators at the observatory to gasp and exclaim excited about being able to see it.” Visit Sergio’s website.

Bright Geminid meteor coming from the radiant near the star Castor in Gemini and terminating near the star Betelgeuse in Orion. Photo taken in Tucson, Arizona foothills by Eliot Herman.

Bright Geminid meteor coming from the radiant near the star Castor in Gemini and terminating near the star Betelgeuse in Orion. Photo taken in Tucson, Arizona foothills by Eliot Herman.

Greg Hogan caught this bright meteor on the morning of December 13 from Kathleen, Georgia.  Notice that - if you trace its path backwards - you can see it radiated from the constellation Gemini.

Greg Hogan caught this bright meteor from Kathleen, Georgia on the morning of December 13, when the Geminids should have been flying. It doesn’t appear to be radiating from Gemini in this shot … but the fisheye lens tends to distort perspective at the edges. Thanks, Greg!

Vince Babkirk caught this photo on the night of December 12, 2015.  He wrote:

Vince Babkirk caught this photo on the night of December 12, 2015. He wrote: “We had a heavy marine layer, light pollution from the squid boats on the Gulf of Thailand, and some low clouds overnight. But I still managed to get my first capture of a Geminid meteor with Jupiter above. ” Copyright 2015 MisterHat.

Russ Olinatz posted the compilation video above at EarthSky Facebook. He caught these meteors on the night of December 11-12, 2015 – 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. – from Hartford, Connecticut.

Dee J Johnchomes Vannoy caught this Geminid meteor over North Carolina on December 10, 2015.

Dee J Johnchomes Vannoy caught this Geminid meteor over North Carolina on December 10, 2015.

Steve Photography posted this photo to EarthSky Facebook on December 10, 2015. He caught this Geminid meteor over Lough Talt, a large lake in Ireland, last week.

Steve Photography posted this photo to EarthSky Facebook on December 10, 2015. He caught this Geminid meteor over Lough Talt, a large lake in Ireland, last week.

Early Geminid meteor caught on the night of December 6, 2015, by Barry Simmons in Lake Martin, Alabama.

Early Geminid meteor caught on the night of December 6, 2015, by Barry Simmons in Lake Martin, Alabama.

View larger. | Early Geminid fireball caught on December 2, 2015 at 10:34 p.m. from the Tucson, Arizona foothills. Photo by Eliot Herman.

View larger. | Early Geminid fireball caught on December 2, 2015 at 10:34 p.m. from the Tucson, Arizona foothills. Photo by Eliot Herman.

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