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BEST OF Geminid Meteor Shower 2017. Videos and Pictures

BEST OF Geminid Meteor shower 2017

On December 13 and 14 people across the world witnessed the most spectacular meteor shower of the year. Watch some highlights here.

BEST OF Geminid Meteor Shower 2017. Videos and Pictures

December 14, 2017. Written by  for NEWSWEEK

The Geminid meteor shower created quite the light show on Wednesday night, with meteors appearing to streak through the sky in most parts of the world.

Stargazers took to the internet to share photos of what was the greatest meteor shower of the year and here are a few highlights.
Geminid meteor seen in Temecula, California last night. What a fantastic meteor shower!
Geminid meteor seen in Temecula, California last night. What a fantastic meteor shower!
The photos demonstrate a couple interesting points about meteor showers. All the streaks of light appear to be falling from the same point—and that is, in fact, how meteor showers are named. When looking at the night sky, the Geminid meteors appear to be falling from the Gemini constellation. That’s why the Geminids are named the Geminids. For that same reason, the Leonids are named after Leo, and the Orionids are named after Orion.
From last night out at the Salt River near Saguaro Lake…stacked image with 19 meteors! Super fun to hang with some friends, hear other people hooting and hollering at the big ones haha. Great time! Also a good test run for the new #SonyA7RIII. #Geminids2017
From last night out at the Salt River near Saguaro Lake…stacked image with 19 meteors! Super fun to hang with some friends, hear other people hooting and hollering at the big ones haha. Great time! Also a good test run for the new #SonyA7RIII. #Geminids2017

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But, in reality, that’s not where meteor showers come from. In most cases, the streaks of light captured in photos like these are bits of dust and rock falling into Earth’s atmosphere and burning up. The debris that creates the light show are the remains of comets that have passed through Earth’s orbit. (For the Geminids, it’s probably an asteroid, not a comet).
The geminid meteor shower yesterday from midnight till 4am. Saw around 180 meteors in the 2 hours I camped.
The geminid meteor shower yesterday from midnight till 4am. Saw around 180 meteors in the 2 hours I camped.
For the Geminids, viewers didn’t necessarily have to try and find the radiant constellation in order to see some meteors. While it was possible to trace meteorites back by the trails of light behind them, Sky and Telescope magazine actually recommended facing away from Gemini in order to see shooting stars fly away from it.

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