APOD: Geminid Meteors over Chile (2013 Dec 23)

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APOD: Geminid Meteors over Chile (2013 Dec 23)

Post by APOD Robot » Mon Dec 23, 2013 5:14 am

Image Geminid Meteors over Chile

Explanation: From a radiant point in the constellation of the Twins, the annual Geminid meteor shower rained down on planet Earth over the past few weeks. Recorded near the shower's peak over the night of December 13 and 14, the above skyscape captures Gemini's shooting stars in a four-hour composite from the dark skies of the Las Campanas Observatory in Chile. In the foreground the 2.5-meter du Pont Telescope is visible as well as the 1-meter SWOPE telescope. The skies beyond the meteors are highlighted by Jupiter, seen as the bright spot near the image center, the central band of our Milky Way Galaxy, seen vertically on the image left, and the pinkish Orion Nebula on the far left. Dust swept up from the orbit of active asteroid 3200 Phaethon, Gemini's meteors enter the atmosphere traveling at about 22 kilometers per second.

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Re: APOD: Geminid Meteors over Chile (2013 Dec 23)

Post by geckzilla » Mon Dec 23, 2013 5:19 am

This is a great composition.
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Post by ta152h0 » Mon Dec 23, 2013 5:24 am

it all looks so sharp and focused. And beautiful !
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Re: APOD: Geminid Meteors over Chile (2013 Dec 23)

Post by Ann » Mon Dec 23, 2013 6:57 am

Yes, great picture!

Note the purplish-pink Rosette Nebula at center left. And is that the Beehive Cluster at about 3 o'clock?

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Post by Boomer12k » Mon Dec 23, 2013 8:17 am

DUCK!!!! Incoming!!!


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Re: APOD: Geminid Meteors over Chile (2013 Dec 23)

Post by starsurfer » Mon Dec 23, 2013 11:58 am

Those skies are incredibly dark! I can even see Barnard's Loop and Sh2-264!!! :D

P.S. Yay tomorrow's APOD is RCW 58!

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Re: APOD: Geminid Meteors over Chile (2013 Dec 23)

Post by BDanielMayfield » Mon Dec 23, 2013 2:14 pm

APOD Robot wrote: Explanation: From a radiant point in the constellation of the Twins, the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geminids annual Geminid meteor shower rained down on planet Earth over the past few weeks.
Today’s APOD photo is a vastly better example of the geminids than the photo provided in the Wikipedia article linked to in today’s description. That photo is meteorically mediocre, containing only one measly meteor half covered up by a bush! A good photographic example of a meteor shower should show numerous meteors radiating from the namesake constellation, IMO.
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Post by Anthony Barreiro » Mon Dec 23, 2013 2:38 pm

This is a lovely composite, both for the Geminids and the deep sky, with Jupiter and a couple of observatories thrown in as bonuses! Somehow with the radiant fairly low to the horizon and so many meteors in a tight pattern, i really get the sense that Earth is flying into a debris stream.
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Post by rstevenson » Mon Dec 23, 2013 5:26 pm

BDanielMayfield wrote:[Today’s APOD photo is a vastly better example of the geminids than the photo provided in the Wikipedia article linked to in today’s description. That photo is meteorically mediocre, containing only one measly meteor half covered up by a bush! A good photographic example of a meteor shower should show numerous meteors radiating from the namesake constellation, IMO.
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Post by BDanielMayfield » Mon Dec 23, 2013 6:15 pm

That's good to know Rob. Thanks.

As for your suggestion, I'm not, so I don't, but if I did, I would.

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Post by Ron-Astro Pharmacist » Mon Dec 23, 2013 7:29 pm

starsurfer wrote:Those skies are incredibly dark! I can even see Barnard's Loop and Sh2-264!!! :D

P.S. Yay tomorrow's APOD is RCW 58!
Don’t be so sure. Those APOD people are tricky. Lots of bubbles out there

It’s liable to be a GRB -
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Or a BBB ?? (Big Bang Bubble) -
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Monseigneur Georges Lemaître as a baby contemplating where he cam from ?? -
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You just never know; I hope it’s a total new one….
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Re: APOD: Geminid Meteors over Chile (2013 Dec 23)

Post by bactame » Mon Dec 23, 2013 10:51 pm

Monseigneur Georges Lemaître as a baby contemplating where he cam from ?? -

Childs World - Bubbles.jpg

Lemaitre image reminds me that it you exhale slowly when making your bubbles they accumulate the warm air from your lungs. Then when the bubble releases it goes up instead of down! When New Dawn dish detergent came on the market you could do this readily and my grandson and i spent hours and hours and hours doing this. Lemaitre looks like he has a bowl of New Dawn and he also is caught in a conundrum betwixt up or down.