Geminids 2015

The Geminids in 2015 are near optimal, with the Moon a waxing crescent in the night from Sunday to Monday December 14th, safely out of the way and 10% illuminated. The Geminids have a projected plateau of activity running from 1:00 UT to 23:00 UT on December 14th, with an expected maximum falling right around 12:00 UT.
Geminid, image taken in the morning of 13 December 2015
Geminid, image taken in the morning of 13 December 2015
Geminid, image taken in the morning of 13 December 2015

Taurids – November 2015

This year the Taurid swarm of larger meteoroid particles may return as predicted by some mathematical models. This prediction indicates a possibility for an increase in activity of bright meteors (fireballs) from 29. October to 10. November. Meteors observers should be alert to visually/photographically cover the dates of predicted maximum activity. As always, anything can happen, so go out under the dark sky and observe some meteors.

Bright Taurid 1. November 2015 19:14 UT
Taurid 2. November 2015 21:31 UT
Taurid 3. November 2015 21:25 UT
Taurid 3. November 2015 21:50 UT

Perseids peak 2015

On the peak night from 12th to 13th August 2015 the sky was clear so we were able to observe many bright meteors throughout the night. The brightest of them were observed late in the night when the radiant was high in the sky. In the photographs their trail usually appears in green and orange colors.

Sight at the horizon revealed quite a strong airglow activity. In the photos it is visible as green (purple) light near the horizon. It should not be confused with strong orange light that is a result of a light pollution.

Here are some of the brightest Perseid meteors that I was able to capture.

Bright Perseid
Date: 12. August 2015 22:57 UT
Equipment: Nikon D3000, Tokina 11-16@12mm, f/2.8, ISO 1600, 30s
Bright Perseid near radiant
Date: 13. August 2015 00:26 UT
Equipment: Nikon D3000, Tokina 11-16@12mm, f/2.8, ISO 1600, 30s
Bright Perseid near Pleiades
Date: 13. August 2015 00:35 UT
Equipment: Nikon D3000, Tokina 11-16@12mm, f/2.8, ISO 1600, 30s
Bright Perseid
Date: 13. August 2015 01:37 UT
Equipment: Nikon D3000, Tokina 11-16@12mm, f/2.8, ISO 1600, 30s
Bright Perseid
Date: 13. August 2015 01:43 UT
Equipment: Nikon D3000, Tokina 11-16@12mm, f/2.8, ISO 1600, 30s
Bright Perseid
Date: 13. August 2015 01:48 UT
Equipment: Nikon D3000, Tokina 11-16@12mm, f/2.8, ISO 1600, 30s

More meteor photos can be seen in gallery.

First Perseids 2015

Some of the Perseid meteors can already be seen in days before the shower peak that usually happens in the night from 12th to 13th August. Here are some of the meteors (most of them are not very bright) that I was able to capture before the maximum.

Short Perseid near radiant
Date: 8. August 2015 21:16 UT
Equipment: Nikon D3000, Nikorr 35mm, f/1.8, ISO 800, 30s
Perseid near Andromeda galaxy
Date: 8. August 2015 22:28 UT
Equipment: Nikon D3000, Nikorr 35mm, f/1.8, ISO 800, 30s

Perseid near Andromeda galaxy
Date: 12. August 2015 01:19 UT
Equipment: Nikon D3000, Tokina 11-16@11mm, f/2.8, ISO 1600, 60s