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The Geminids happen every year in December. The Geminids are a meteor shower caused by the object 3200 Phaethon, which is thought to be a Palladian asteroid with a "rock comet" orbit. This would make the Geminids, together with the Quadrantids, the only major meteor showers not originating from a comet. The meteors from this shower are slow moving, can be seen in December and usually peak around December 13–14, with the date of highest intensity being the morning of December 14. The shower is thought to be intensifying every year and recent showers have seen 120–160 meteors per hour under optimal conditions, generally around 02:00 to 03:00 local time. Geminids were first observed in 1862, much more recently than other showers such as the Perseids (36 AD) and Leonids (902 AD).

I took this photo this morning at about midnight. You can see a burst of meteor shower on the far right of the image, along with some Magellanic Cloud from the Milky Way.

Canon 5D MkIII
Tripod & Cable Release
ISO 6400
f/4
17mm using 17-40mm lens
21 seconds

Canon 5D MkIII
Tripod & Cable Release
ISO 6400
f/4
17mm using 17-40mm lens
21 seconds

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