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The Geminids: Dec. 8-15, 2009
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  Summary: The Geminid meteor shower peaked in 2009 under ideal viewing conditions. A new Moon provided dark skies for a display of 120+ meteors per hour on Dec. 13th and 14th. [full story] [live meteor counts] [meteor radar]
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Ed Sweeney,
Santa Cruz, CA, USA
Dec. 8, 2009
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It is still 5 days before the Geminids peak but I was seeing meteors so I set up the camera and got 2. If you follow their trails up you get the illusion that they radiate from Castor and Pollux in Gemini, making me think they are Geminids. The one on the right came down first, then 10 minutes later the one on the left. I flipped them to show how they seem to radiate from one point. Pentax K7 with Takumar 1:1.4/50 for 8 seconds at ISO 1600 pointing SE in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Gimp auto white balance and diptych editing.


Bill Cooke,
NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, AL
Dec. 9, 2009
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Using an all-sky camera at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, astronomer Bill Cooke recorded a bright Geminid streaking past the Moon.

Elias Jordan,
Derby, Kansas, USA
Dec. 9, 2009

Last night I finally got some clear skies, and just in time for some early Geminids Observing! I went out with a comfortable chair, a nice warm blanket (since it was 3deg F) and a pair of binoculars. After about 15min of observing and seeing already 4 meteors I decided it was about time I got my camera out! So thats what I did, once out I took a few expos of Gemini then decided I should hit the sack early! Thus I took this image of myself portrayed in front of the light polluted sky with Gemini being the center subject.

John Chumack,
Dayton, Ohio USA
Dec. 11, 2009
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The 2009 Geminid Meteor Shower is underway! We are now hitting the edge of the debri field from extinct comet – Asteroid 3200 Phaethon. I captured 30 early Geminids from 7:00pm until 7:00am, with my All sky video cameras from my backyard observatory in Dayton, Ohio USA. I made a still JPG image and Movies containing 10 of the best brightest ones from last night. This will be a great preview of what is to be seen this Sunday Night into Monday Morning 13th to the 14th, The rates are much higher than usual, and seem to be increasing. The sky was brutally cold and crisp, this morning at 15F. I braved the cold to take a look at the waning crescent moon near the bright star Spica as well. I can’t wait! I hope it stays clear here in Ohio for us…

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