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Meteor Watch at -28 C

By: Yuichi Takasaka

 

Region: Americas

Site: Banff National Park - Canada

Date: 2009 January 3

National Geographic News while aurora activity illuminates the northern horizon with a mystic green glow, two meteors from the Quadrantid meteor shower pass above winter landscape at World Heritage Site of Banff National Park in Alberta, Canada. The shower usually produces more than 100 meteors per hour from a radiant near the North Star. Although the Quadrantids are a major shower, they are seldom observed. One reason is weather. The shower peaks in early January when northern winter is in full swing. As noted by the photographer "I decided to drive to the Banff National Park for 2009 Quadrantid shower. It took me about 6 hours to drive some 450km in snow covered highway but it was well worth it. I saw 50+ meteors and some nice Northern Lights. It was cold outside, -28 C cold but well worth the trip to the mountains." Yuichi Takasaka/Blue-moon.ca

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