Gemini Meteor Over Monument Valley
July 30, 2008
The brilliant meteor shown above creasing a starry sky was captured over Monument Valley, near the Utah and Arizona border, on December 15, 2007. It was one of the many Geminid meteors visible this crystal clear night. Geminid meteors, as their name implies, appear to originate from the direction of the constellation Gemini also known as the Twins. Orion is at upper right, and the bright object at lower right is Sirius in the constellation Canis Major, the brightest star visible from the mid latitudes of the Northern Hemisphere. At lower left is Procyon, the brightest star in Canis Minor.