Watching the Geminid meteor shower.

I stayed up late last night to watch the spectacular Geminid meteor shower that unfolded in the night sky. The weather conditions were perfect for me to sit outside on my patio and enjoy the show. At first I wasn’t sure I was going to see anything but that uncertainty got erased when I saw a short streak of light across the sky. A few minutes would pass before I saw another streak, and then another. Watching this all take place was beyond spectacular.

Photographing the meteor shower on the other hand proved very tricky. I had my camera and tripod set up outside to try getting some pictures of the meteor streaks. Because it was very dark I opted to use time exposure for taking the pictures. I set my camera’s shutter to stay open for 15 seconds to let in as much light as possible and to hopefully capture one of the meteor streaks. I took 147 pictures in all and none of them captured the elusive targets. However, I did capture a light trail left by a passing plane. I had to settle for this picture as the highlight of the night.


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