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Astronomy Picture of the Day -- When Gemini Sends Stars to Paranal
NASA ^ | December 15, 2012 | (see photo credit)

Posted on 12/14/2012 9:40:15 PM PST by SunkenCiv

Explanation: From a radiant point in the constellation of the Twins, the annual Geminid meteor shower rained down on planet Earth this week. Recorded near the shower's peak in the early hours of December 14, this skyscape captures Gemini's lovely shooting stars in a careful composite of 30 exposures, each 20 seconds long, from the dark of the Chilean Atacama Desert over ESO's Paranal Observatory. In the foreground Paranal's four Very Large Telescopes, four Auxillary Telescopes, and the VLT Survey telescope are all open and observing. The skies above are shared with bright Jupiter (left), Orion, (top left), and the faint light of the Milky Way. Dust swept up from the orbit of active asteroid 3200 Phaethon, Gemini's meteors enter the atmosphere traveling at about 22 kilometers per second.

December 15, 2012

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TOPICS: Astronomy; Astronomy Picture of the Day; Science
KEYWORDS: 3200phaethon; apod; astronomy; geminids; science
[Credit & Copyright: Stéphane Guisard (Los Cielos de America), TWAN]

1 posted on 12/14/2012 9:40:21 PM PST by SunkenCiv
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To: SunkenCiv

I have been watching this all week and I think maybe last night had to be the best.

Bah Zing!

2 posted on 12/14/2012 11:31:23 PM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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