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."
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.
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.
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.
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."
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: http://www.bodiefoundation.org/store
NASA's Orion is scheduled to launch in 1.5 hours, making the farthest flight from earth of any human flight craft in 52 years. Continuous countdown and mission coverage is available now on NASA TV at http://flic.kr/p/q1kMeh