Meteor shower at Reykjanes lighthouse

Meteor shower

In Blog by Jón Hil.

14th of December I was able to see and take pictures of the Geminds meteor shower at Reykjanestá, both with the lighthouse and the rock “Karlinn” in the foreground. I took around 1000 pictures for six hours and then combined it in a 1 minute time-lapse movie.

It is something special and unique to watch these quick flash lines going through the sky, difficult to shoot but more interesting to enjoy on a cold clear night in Iceland.

The Geminids are considered one of the best meteor showers every year because the individual meteors are bright, and the peak can see meteors stream across the sky at rates as high as 120 meteors an hour. Under light-polluted skies, fewer meteors will be visible.

The Geminid meteor shower is nearly 200 years old, according to known records — the first recorded observation was in 1833 from a riverboat on the Mississippi River — and is still going strong. In fact, it’s growing stronger. That’s because Jupiter’s gravity has tugged the stream of particles from the shower’s source, the asteroid 3200 Phaethon, closer to Earth over the centuries.