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    Posted December 16, 2013 by
    San Jose, CA, California
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    Watching The Geminid Meteor Shower


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     William Justo bundled up and braved 30-degree temperatures to see the Geminid meteor shower before dawn on December 14 in San Jose, California. The 25-year-old said he could see meteors streak across the sky every few minutes. Some of the larger ones looked like “green fireworks” shooting straight down. “I had no words to describe the moment. By watching this meteor shower while out in the middle of a field, with skies filled with countless stars, it made me feel very small in the universe. I was just amazed and speechless,” he said.
    - zdan, CNN iReport producer

    Me out and about around the undeveloped areas by the eastern foothills, observing one of the best annual meteor showers of the year. This was during the peak of the annual Geminid Meteor Shower. It was quite chilly this early morning with temps in the 30's. It was worth it watching space's fireworks up above, despite the cold! Pics taken from along Fowler Rd in San Jose, CA. I managed to get lucky and have captured a few of the brighter meteors.


    **The Geminid meteor shower is one of the best annual meteor showers, and also one of the strangest. In dark skies away from city lights, it was possible to see between 100 and 140 meteors per hour during the peak, but this year the Geminid peak coincided with a nearly-full moon so it had drowned out some of the dimmer meteors. The Geminid shower occurs each year as the Earth passes through a stream of debris that is left by a rocky, asteroid-like body called Phaeton 3200. This makes the Geminid meteor shower unusual since most meteor showers are caused by debris left by comets.**


    (Saturday very early morning, December 14, 2013)

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