Gemini s Meteors
From dark skies
above Heilongjiang province in northeastern China,
meteors rain down on a wintry landscape in this beautiful
composited night scene.
The 48 meteors are part of last week's annual Geminid meteor shower.
temperatures of -28 degrees C, all were recorded in camera
exposures made during the peak hour of the celestial spectacle.
They stream away from the shower's radiant high above the
horizon near the two bright stars of the zodiacal
constellation of the Twins.
A very active shower,
this year the December 13-14 peak of the Geminids
arrived just before the December 16
closest approach of
asteroid 3200 Phaethon to planet Earth.
is the Geminid shower's likely parent body.
Authors & editors:
NASA Web Site Statements, Warnings,
NASA Official: Jay Norris.
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& Michigan Tech. U.
Publications with keywords: Geminids
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