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    Posted January 4, 2012 by
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    Quadrantid Meteor Shower

     

    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     renataxxx says the meteors were 'beautifully visible with the naked eye.' She shot more than 420 30-second exposures over the course of four hours, using a tripod, remote relealse and a fisheye lens to 'cover as much of the sky as possible.' She used Photoshop to blend 19 separate shots into this image. Read more about her experience on CNN's light years blog.
    - dsashin, CNN iReport producer

    In early hours of 4th of January 2012, the northern hemisphere has been treated to an amazing Meteor shower show. We have handful over the year, and for the keen space watchers, New year is started with Quadrantid Meteor shower in early January.

     

    Quadrantid Meteor Shower got its name after Quadrans Muralis (now non existent star constellation). Quadrantids are parts of disintegrated comet or an asteroid that broke down several centuries ago and are now orbiting the sun.

     

    Despite the elemements (cold and very strong winds), the show has been truly amazing. I have seen around 100 meteors in just over 4 hours, charging across the sky and feeling sheer excitement with every single one of them.

     

    I have watched it in Avebury, Wiltshire and the picture has been created by merging shots that had meteors in them, while I tried to rotate them using Ursa Major as a refference point, to allow for Earth movement and make the show true to the start constelations.

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