As seen on Astronomy Picture of the Day and National Geographic News this 20-second exposure photographed from Mojave Desert of southwest USA, has captured a fireball (very bright meteor) which appeared in the constellation Ursa Major (the Big Bear) during the Geminid meteor shower. With its peak activity on December 13/14, Geminid is one of the best meteors showers of the year. The shower is created as planet Earth sweeps through dusty debris from extinct comet Phaethon.



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  • Chelsea Reply

    What are the bright stars located in this picture? Planets? If so, which ones are they?

    April 17, 2012 at 9:26 pm
  • Tunç Tezel Reply

    Brightest stars visible in the picture belong to Big Dipper. At the bottom center is naked eye double Mizar and Alcor. The bright star in the center and above Mizar-Alcor is the brightest here, which is Alioth shining with a magnitude of +1.8. No planets…

    April 18, 2012 at 4:40 am
  • Chelsea Reply

    What other constellations besides the big dipper are found in this picture?

    April 20, 2012 at 2:07 pm

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