Big Dipper Falling Star

By: Wally Pacholka


Region: Americas

Site: Mojave Desert - USA

Date: 2009 December 14

As seen on Astronomy Picture of the Day and National Geographic News this 20-second exposure photographed from Mojave Desert of southwest USA, has captured a fireball (very bright meteor) which appeared in the constellation Ursa Major (the Big Bear) during the Geminid meteor shower. With its peak activity on December 13/14, Geminid is one of the best meteors showers of the year. The shower is created as planet Earth sweeps through dusty debris from extinct comet Phaethon. Wally Pacholka/

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