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The Quadrantids: Jan. 3, 2009
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  Summary: On Jan. 3, 2009, Earth passed through a trail of dusty, gravelly debris from shattered comet 2003 EH1. The encounter produced a flurry of more than 150 Quadrantid meteors per hour. [meteor counts] [more]
  Photographer, Location Images Comments

Pete Lawrence,
Selsey, West Sussex, UK
Jan. 3, 2009
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A few Quadrantid successes during the early morning of the 3rd Jan 2009. Most of the Quadrantids caught were faint with one exception, a lovely trail passing into the bowl of the Plough. Unfortunately, the brightest meteor of the session wasn't a quadrantid.

Photo details: Canon 40D set at ISO3200 with continuous 30s exposures. A 16mm f/2.8 lens was used to take the shots.

Pierre Martin,
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Jan. 3, 2009
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The Quadrantids peaked over North America this Saturday morning January 3, with unexpectedly high rates. Observing and photographing the shower from rural eastern Ontario, I recorded 197 Quadrantids in a little over two hours. The most active hour shortly before dawn had 107 Quadrantids. A great show!! I aimed my Canon 30D, ISO 1250, with a 20mm f2.8 lens in the direction of Leo, which was setting in the west, and took several short exposures. This image is a composite of all frames with captured meteors. The brightest meteors on the photo are about mag -1. I also had another camera taking several short exposures towards Ursa Minor, and I'm including this composite result too.

Jodie Reynolds,
Placerville, CA, USA
Jan. 3, 2009

This photograph shows one of the stunning Quadrantids from the Jan 3, 2009 shower/storm. Tonight was an awesome spectacle, showering us with meteors faster than we could count them. This was easily one of the finest showers we've ever seen, rivaling even the Gemenids of 2001. Photo Credit: j.reynolds, j.mcnabb, c.mcnabb

Photo details: Canon 20D, 18-55mm @ 40mm, f/3.5, TV, 10sec, ISO 1600 Fixed Manfrotto Tripod, 501 Video Head Cable Release

Chris Peterson,
Guffey, Colorado, USA
Jan. 3, 2009
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This is a video allsky composite image of 130 meteors captured on the morning of January 3. Because most of the meteors happened over just a few hours, the radiant is very apparent.

Mila Zinkova,
San Francisco, California, USA
Jan. 3, 2009
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My husband got up for his morning walk, looked in a window and said: "A beautiful shooting star!" It was less than an hour before sunrise. I overslept. In no time I got up and run to backyard. High clouds and twilight made only very few, bright stars visible.Still I observed two bright and beautiful Quadrantid meteors and was able to capture one of them on film.

Photo details: Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi Exposure time 18/1 sec (18) F Number f/1.8 Date and time of data generation 06:32, 3 January 2009 Lens focal length 20 mm

Patrick Sogorb,
Savigny-le-Temple, FRANCE.
Jan. 2, 2009
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10 Quandrantids, with an all-sky meteor camera.

more images: from Marion Haligowski of Phoenix, Arizona; from Phil Yabut of Great Falls, Virginia; from Jean-Marie Biets of Wilderen, Belgium;