Quadrantid Meteor Above Alberta

By: Yuichi Takasaka


Region: Americas

Site: Banff National Park - Canada

Date: 2011 January 2

As seen on the National Geographic News a meteor seems to zip near the horizon over Banff National Park in Alberta of Canada, in the early hours of January 2a day before the peak of the annual Quadrantid meteor shower. The light pollution of Canmore, a city just outside of Banff National Park, made a red glow over the horizon. Almost all of the annual meteor showers can be linked to known comets. But the parent object of the Quadrantids remains a mystery. One theory is that their source is a comet that broke apart during a collision 500 years ago and ceased to be active and act more like an asteroid. Yuichi Takasaka/

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