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Geminid meteor


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About this observation
Alex Pratt
Time of observation
13/12/2017 - 23:30
Geminid meteor
Observing location
Leeds, West Yorkshire
Watec 910 video camera
Computar 8mm f/0.8 lens
UFO Capture
UFO Analyser
1/25th sec (1/50th sec fields)
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Cloud cover increased as we neared the Geminid maximum on December 13/14, but thankfully the skies were not totally overcast and my video cameras took advantage of clear intervals and periods of thin cloud.

This is a composite image from the video clip of my brightest Geminid on the night of maximum as it travelled under the W of Cas. Its apparent magnitude was estimated as -4. (Image rotated 180 degrees).

Hundreds of Geminids were recorded on the night of  December 13/14, with a notable (and expected) drop in rates on the following night. The post-maximum decline is evident tonight (December 15/16).

It's been a unique experience this week to carry out video astrometry of (3200) Phaethon in my observatory, knowing that my video cameras were recording its solar system debris ending its journey as it collided with Earth's atmosphere.

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