New Year resolution: Watch more meteor showers


Mark your calendars now to make sure you see the best meteor showers of 2011.

This lovely time-elapsed photo, taken during the August 2010 Perseid meteor shower, only shows one actual meteor. If you start in the middle of the photo, and work your way to the right, the meteor is just above the second-largest tree, clearly moving at a different angle than all the star tracks. Though the photo doesn't show it, the actual Perseid was pretty impressive, according to photographer Darren Kirby:

Despite a winning forecast the afternoon was quite overcast, and I was afraid viewing it may be a bust. However, at about 8:00pm the skies cleared, so [friends] and I took a drive up to Sunset Main Road near the Coquihalla Connector summit to check it out. We were there from about midnight til about 2:00am, and we did see an incredible show. Apparently it wasn't as good as some years, but I was still very impressed. The meteors were shooting off every few seconds or so at times. One was so big it lit up the sky like lightning, and left a tracer than remained in the sky for a good minute.

Via Asteroid Watch

Image used via CC license.


  1. Don’t underestimate how long it takes your eyes to dark adapt… at least a half hour. It’s so astounding to see meteors slicing the Milky Way from a truly dark site. A red flashlight will help prevent loss of that dark adaption when you’re getting beers out of the cooler. (you can make a red filter out of just about anything, or paint the lens with fingernail polish or even a red sharpie.)

    This Tuesday morning’s Quadrantids peak is during the new moon… that’s a great bit of luck. I’m happily going to be a few hundred miles from land during it, so I’m hoping this will be the best I’ve ever seen.

  2. I proposed to my fiancee during that August meteor shower. I’m all for watching them as much as you can!

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