The annual Geminid meteor shower
is raining down on planet Earth this week.
And despite the waxing gibbous moonlight,
the reliable Geminids
should be enjoyable tonight (night of December 13/14)
near the shower's peak.
Recorded near last year's peak in the early hours of
December 14, 2012, this
many of Gemini's lovely shooting stars.
The careful composite of exposures was made during a three hour
period overlooking the
Dashanbao Wetlands in central China.
Dark skies above are shared with bright Jupiter (right), Orion,
(right of center) and the faint band of the Milky Way.
The shower's radiant in the constellation Gemini, the apparent
source of all the meteor streaks, lies just above the top of the frame.
Dust swept up from the orbit of
Gemini's meteors enter the atmosphere traveling
at about 22 kilometers per second.