This is a timelapse of the incredible show the Geminid Meteor shower put on during the night of December 13/14, 2018. At it’s peak around 2 a.m., there were more than 200 meteors flying through the sky within one hour. Some of them were so big that they lit up the whole scene. Seeing this display, and watching it again and again in timelapse form, really made me realize how small of a role each of us plays in the grand scheme of things.
The Geminid Meteor Shower happens every winter, and it is usually the brightest meteor shower of the year. It has been going on for almost 200 years now — the first recorded observation was in Mississippi in 1833. The phenomenon stems from the asteroid 3200 Phaethon. When earth runs into the stream of particles the asteroid produced during a collision with another far-distant object way back when, the meteors appear as shooting stars in the night sky.
When watching a meteor shower, make sure to get away from civilization as far as (safely) possible, since light pollution will seriously inhibit your ability to see the individual meteors.
If you missed the meteor shower, don’t fret. The night sky puts on a variety of stunning displays pretty regularly. The next one I will go out to watch and photograph is the super blood wolf moon lunar eclipse on January 20/21. It’s the first lunar eclipse of 2019 (and the last total lunar eclipse until 2021), which happens to also coincide with the year’s first full moon, called in folklore the “wolf moon.”
If you want to learn more about how to photography the night sky, I’d recommend you check out this blog post I wrote a while bag, which is full of useful tips.
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