Geminids 2013

Geminids appear every year in mid-December, peaking around December 14th, when Earth passes through a stream of debris from comet 3200 Phaethon. Typically more than 100 meteors per hour stream out of the radiant in the constellation Gemini.

This year’s peak of the Geminid meteor shower was unfavourable because of nearly full Moon, that reduced the number of visible meteors. On the day of the maximum activity, between Moonset and dawn, there was a brief window of good visibility. During two hours of observing meteors, I caught about 25 of them on camera. Here is a selection of the brightest.

Geminid, 14. December, 03:34 UT
Nikon D3000, Tokina 11-16mm@11mm, f/2.8, ISO 1600, 53s
Geminid in the middle of the zodiacal light, 14. December, 03:58 UT
Nikon D3000, Tokina 11-16mm@11mm, f/2.8, ISO 1600, 79s
Geminid, 14. December, 04:34 UT
Nikon D3000, Tokina 11-16mm@11mm, f/2.8, ISO 1600, 68s
Geminid, 14. December, 04:58 UT
Nikon D3000, Tokina 11-16mm@11mm, f/2.8, ISO 1600, 33s
Probably not Geminid, maybe Dec. Leonis Minorid, 14. December, 05:10 UT
Nikon D3000, Tokina 11-16mm@11mm, f/2.8, ISO 1600, 24s

Sundog 8 February 2013

Yesterday the sky was covered with thin layer of cloud, just the right conditions for the occurrence of some atmospheric phenomenon. While skiing on a local hill I was able to observe a prominent sundog and a faint halo above it. Pictures were taken by a mobile phone and therefore are of poor quality.

Photo of a sundog, with a Sun concealed behind a mountain.
Sundog and a faint halo visible above it.