Geminid Meteor Shower Time-Lapse

Time-lapse video footage from the Geminid meteor shower on the nights of December 13 and 14, 2014. Shot at Topaz Lake in the Eastern Sierra region, on the California-Nevada border.

Here's a description of the Geminid meteor shower from NASA:

"Geminids are pieces of debris from an object called 3200 Phaethon. Long thought to be an asteroid, Phaethon is now classified as an extinct comet. Basically it is the rocky skeleton of a comet that lost its ice after too many close encounters with the sun. Earth runs into a stream of debris from 3200 Phaethon every year in mid-December, causing meteors to fly from the constellation Gemini. When the Geminids first appeared in the early 19th century, shortly before the U.S. Civil War, the shower was weak and attracted little attention. There was no hint that it would ever become a major display."

I'll be leading a photography workshop to shoot the Geminid meteor shower in Death Valley in 2015:
#Geminids #meteorshower #science #breakingnews #astronomy +Death Valley Workshops

Bright Green Geminid Meteor Over Topaz Lake

This was captured during the Geminid meteor shower last night. The Geminid meteor shower produces a lot of meteors, but not as many fireballs as the Perseid meteor shower. This is a particularly bright one.

#Geminids #meteorshower #science #astronomy #breakingnews #sciencesunday #scienceeveryday #starrynights #nightphotography #astrophotography


Geminid Meteor Shower Peaks Today and Tomorrow

The annual Geminid meteor shower is one of the strongest of the year. Here much of the American West is under storm clouds, but I assembled a draft time-lapse video featuring Geminid footage, mostly from 2012 when viewing and shooting conditions for this shower were last favorable.

#science #news #astronomy #geminids #meteorshower
+Death Valley Workshops #timelapse #photography

Behind-the-Scenes at NASA's Kennedy Space Center

NASA's new Orion spacecraft represents a major step towards manned missions to Mars. For the EFT-1 Exploration Flight Test of NASA's Orion spacecraft last week, 150 people were selected to tour NASA Kennedy Space Center and see the various stages it went through in fabrication, testing, and assembly on its way to launch. We were also treated to press conference style presentations with Q&A afterwards.

To see the photos, blog posts and articles coming out of NASA's event, search for the hashtags #orion and #nasasocial on G+, Facebook, Twitter and Flickr. To the extent that participants post on G+, I just posted a circle of them so you can see their posts.

For more of my space photos, you can see my Space album here:

I've also uploaded a sequence of photos from the launch itself:

#NASA #space #ULAlaunch #KennedySpaceCenter #science #scienceeveryday


In Album Space

Orion Launch NASAsocial Participants at Kennedy Space Center

This is an expended G+ circle of NASAsocial Orion participants I distilled from the broader circle I posted publicly previously.

If you add this circle then to to "Home" towards the upper left corner of your G+ screen, you can then select only this circle to see Orion-related posts. #orion #nasasocial #boeing #lockheedmartin #ULAlaunch #ATK

NASA Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex

There's so much history captured here, you can easily spend hours touring the exhibits. If you arrive before 1 pm you can catch a bus onto Kennedy Space Center to tour the Apollo/Saturn V Center as well:

"Feel the space race come alive as you stand under the largest rocket ever made – the mighty Saturn V. This monumental 363-foot rocket was America’s lunar transportation for 27 brave astronauts who traveled to the moon and back, fulfilling the dreams and imagination of people around the world. The same sense of awe still overwhelms visitors today."

#kennedyspacecenter #NASA #travel #Orlando #Florida


In Album Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex

NASAsocial Participants at NASA Orion Launch

NASA invited 150 people to their #NASAsocial event at +NASA's Kennedy Space Center for the Orion Exploration Flight Test 1 launch.

NASA centers across the country held simultaneous events as well, making this the first NASA-wide social media event. Here are some of the Orion EFT-1 NASAsocial participants and NASA centers on G+.

#orion #nasasocial #EFT1 #NASA #orionlaunch

2015 Bodie Calendar Only $10.95

Containing a variety of photos from "America's best-preserved ghost town," proceeds from the Bodie Foundation's calendar go to building stabilization projects in Bodie State Historic Park:

Originally shared by +Bodie Photo Workshops

Coffee Grinder in the Boone General Store
This photo was selected to appear in the 2015 Bodie Foundation calendar, which raises money for building stabilization projects at Bodie. +Ryan Watamura +Michelle Wilson +David Safanda +Franka M. Gabler and +Cat Connor also have work in the 2015 edition.

As 2014 draws to a close, the 2015 Bodie Foundation calendar has gone on sale for $10.95:

+Bodie Photo Workshops :
#bodiefoundation #calendar #bodiephotography


Submerged Ruins at Topaz Lake

The remnants of an old sheep pen emerge from the depths as the water level drops in the drought at Topaz Lake on the California-Nevada border. Photo captured at sunrise this morning.

More of my Nevada photos on G+:
#landscapephotography #Nevada #photography