The Quadrantid Meteor Shower
is an annual event for planet Earth's
northern hemisphere skygazers.
It usually peaks briefly in the cold, early morning hours of January 4.
The shower is named for its
radiant point on the sky within the
old, astronomically obsolete constellation
That position is situated near the boundaries of the modern
constellations Hercules, Bootes, and Draco.
In this haunting time exposure,
two quadrantid meteor streaks are captured
left by rising stars
of the constellations Virgo and Corvus, but Saturn
leaves the brightest "star" trail.
The meteor streaks, one bright and one faint, are nearly parallel
above and right of center in the frame.
Fittingly, the old cistern structure in the foreground lies
above the now
buried city of Qumis.
Known as a city of many gates, Qumis (in Greek history
was founded 2300 years ago in ancient Persia.