Over a five hour period last Tuesday morning,
this tantalizing view of meteor
streaks and the Milky Way in dark skies above
Las Campanas Observatory in Chile.
During that time, astronomers had hoped
to see an outburst from the
Delphinid meteor shower
as Earth swept through the dust trail left
Named for the
shower's radiant point
in the constellation Delphinus,
a brief but strong outburst was reported in bright,
moonlit skies on June 10, 1930.
While no strong Delphinid meteor activity was reported since,
an outburst was tentatively predicted to occur
again in 2013.
But even though Tuesday's skies were dark, the overall
rate of meteors
in this field is low, and only the three lower meteor streaks
seem to point back to the shower's estimated radiant.
(Las Campanas Observatory,