January 4, 2012 Meteor Shower


The Quadrantids are often the most intense of the year's regular meteor showers, but also one of the shortest. They happen when Earth passes through the narrow trail of debris left by an asteroid called 2003 EH1, so they only last a few hours. (Other showers, such as the Perseids in August, are caused by the more widespread debris from comets, so they may last several nights.) These 4 images were captured by my All Sky Camera that is automatically tripped when a meteor appears. You can see the stars of the Big Dipper to the center left of the images. The last image, taken just before dawn, has few stars as the sky lightened. Click the image to see more detail.

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