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The Geminids: Dec. 13-15, 2007
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  Summary: The 2007 Geminid meteor shower, caused by dusty debris from near-Earth asteroid 3200 Phaethon, peaked on Dec. 14th and 15th with 140+ meteors per hour. [full story] [sky map] [IMO recap]
  Photographer, Location Images Comments

Xin Li,
Huailai, Hebei, China
Dec. 15, 2007
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"More than one hundred people at the Beijing Planetarium enjoyed the glittering meteors," says photographer Xin Li. He combined ten photos taken with his Canon EOS 30D to produce a composite "meteor splash." Tracing the meteors backwards in time shows that they all come from a common radiant in the constellation Gemini.

Bryan White,
Near Roy, New Mexico
Dec. 14, 2007
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Since it was cloudy in Colorado, I drove to Roy, NM. I was blessed with clear skys and the best Geminids I have seen for 30 years. I did not keep a running count since I was busy taking pictures. Instead I counted the time between meteors in seconds and rarely got over 30 seconds and feel I averaged a meteor every 10 seconds or less. I would rate it somewhere between a shower and a storm. I will be interested to hear reports from Asia during the peak.

Scott Peshia,
Tucson, Arizona, USA
Dec. 14, 2007
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I was up to 62 counted Geminids from 8pm till 1:15am (an hour travel in between) and then the show really kicked in. I stopped counting not only to concentrate on the camera but the Geminid's at some points were streaking the sky three at a time. it was amazing! Despite the 35* temperatures and the Geminids out of the field of view, I captured close to 20. Still checking the images. The big fish got away though as a beautiful fireball heading southwest towards the Baja of California broke apart into two pieces with brilliant blue and red colors. I'm hoping someone was able to capture that one and post. All in all it was a fun and successful night of the Geminids.

The Venus shot was taken at 6:20am as I was goofing around with a blacklight.

Chris Peterson,
Guffey, Colorado, USA
Dec. 15, 2007
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Video allsky camera composite of 111 meteors collected over three nights, Dec 12-15. At least 65 of these are confirmed Geminids. Several very bright fireballs are apparent, as well as the trails of Mars and Sirius. Ice on the camera dome limited the meteors recorded to very bright ones.

Pierre Martin,
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Dec. 14, 2007
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On Friday evening December 14, the Geminids continued to be impressive even though it was well past the shower's peak! I braved the cold -18C weather to observe them under a dark country sky and was not disappointed. Many brightly colored Geminids and even a mag -5 fireball appeared! I took several short exposures with my Canon 30D (with a 20mm f/2.8 lens) and Canon 300D (with a 35mm f/2 lens) at ISO 1600 over the course of a few hours. I then stacked the images containing meteors together to produce these two compositions.

Martin Gembec,
Jablonec n.N.-Kokonin, Czech Republic
Dec. 15, 2007
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I think, Geminids 2007 for me are not spectacular, because I have had clear sky only Dec. 15th morning and evening. So rates are not so great, but.. this image, I still can't believe it. All goes well - weather, composition, meteor (only 2 Geminids I have seen this evening!).

Photo details: Canon 300D, EF-S 18-55 (18mm/3,5), ISO 1600, 60 sec.

more images: from David Harvey of Tucson, Arizona; a drawing from Julie Rodriguez Jones of Spanish Springs, Nevada; from Olivier Staiger just outside of Geneva Switzerland; from Jyrki Nikkilä of Keminmaa, Finland; from Günther Strauch of Borken, NRW, Germany; from Jim Cottingham of Dublin, Calif.; from Jonas Förste of Finland, Sandåsen; from Richard McCoy of Mead, Colorado