One of the brightest and most powerful meteor streams of the year could see in the sky in the evening on December 13 inhabitants of the planet.
"The best meteor rain I’ve ever seen" - wrote on the site SpaceWeather.com James Champagne (James Champagne), watching from Madera Canyon, Arizona, where he took a few pictures of meteorite flux Gemenid.
"The picture was quite impressive" - as he said on the site SPACE.com. "In a moment flew 5-7 meteors. It was amazing! Very often flew directly 2 meteor."
Gemenid meteor shower - a phenomenon also known as a meteor rain, occurs every year in mid-December, when the Earth passes through the debris avalanche of space rocks. As these small rocks flying through the atmosphere, they light up, creating the image of stargazing. Meteora Gemenid may still be visible for a few days, despite the fact that their peak has passed.
"I saw about 50 Gemenidov for two hours, despite the moonlight, so that was a good picture of this year, but nothing special" - wrote in an e-mail to the site SPACE.com Guillaume Cannata (Guillaume Cannat), who observed the meteoric with Mont Eguala in the south of France. Cannata was possible to make a great photo, capturing a meteor flying through a starry sky flecked indigo.
Conducting surveillance Cloudbait Observatory on the Colorado Rockies, Chris Peterson (Chris Peterson) said that it happened in front of a great show. "I captured 229 Gemenidov night when there was a peak stargazing and meteor 363 for four nights after a period of maximum flow" - he wrote in an e-mail. "I can not estimate the maximum visual indicator falling meteors - 120 meteors per hour."
Other observers, however, due to less favorable weather conditions, it was not the case to see the magnificent picture.
"Weather in Colorado recently was great for skiers and snowboarders, but not for stargazers!" - Said Jim Westlake (Jimmy Westlake), professor of astronomy at Colorado Mountain College, Colorado. But he managed to catch a few hours, when the sky was clear in the gap between the snow storms on Sunday (December 12). That night, for about three hours professor "counted (unofficial estimates) of about 3-4 dozen meteors Gemenid", as he wrote in an e-mail to the site. Fortunately, he was able to grab one of the brightest Gemenidov all night, which is depicted in the photo as a bright strip that crosses the plane of the Milky Way.
Watching from Hermosa in Mexico, El Salvador Aguirre (Salvador Aguirre) captures bright strip below the horizon with a special photo camera. Veyller Sylvain (Sylvain Weiller), observing from France, took the meteor shower Gemenidy on video. "We could not believe it, it was not like any aircraft or a satellite or the Iridium ... I was incredibly lucky, because the video was filmed with a striking sight!" - Expressed Veyller on SpaceWeather.com, where, and put the video. All the details about the main events of the day widgets news let us know.