Sunday, 13 December 2015


Sites like EarthSky are predicting that tonight will be the height of one of the year's most spectacular meteor showers, the Geminids, so called because they radiate out from the constellation Gemini, the Twins.

This information is painful to the likes of us, who have a weather forecast which predicts heavy rain all night, but some of us were out last night under a starry sky and were rewarded. Within about 20 minutes I saw four shooting stars, one of which is recorded on the above photo. It's such a faint trail that I've marked it in....

....this photo.

Yes, I know, you can hardly see it, but it's visible in the original and is a bit of a triumph in that I've been trying to catch a shooting star for years and this, at least, is a start.


  1. Satisfying, Jon, and you have captured the distinctive orange colours beautifully of Aldebaran (top centre) and Betelgeuse (left) also with some detail beneath Orion's belt with M42, the Orion nebula. How many seconds exposure?

  2. That was thirty seconds on the 'starry nights' setting. The shooting star was a small one so, if I can get a bigger one, it should show up well. Jon