Meteors mix with the aurora in this shot taken in Greenland. Photographer Ed Stockard writes, "The timing of the maximum Draconid meteor shower over the…Read More »
Greenland ice sheet was not perfect. Darkness fell shortly after the show would have been subsiding. At 72 north darkness does not come swiftly as the sun dives diagonally past the horizon, unlike an equatorial sunset where it will plunge vertically into darkness. Mostly the Draconid meteors were invisible to the eye but showed faintly along side an awesome display of auroras. This shot shows several suspected meteors." Less «
Although a waxing moon washed out the view of much of this year's Draconid meteor shower, a photographer in Palermo, Italy captured this shooting star…Read More »
on October 8. The 2011 Draconids were expected to be heavier than usual, because Earth passed directly through several strands of debris left behind by a passing comet. But the showers hit their peak while North America was in full daylight, and European skywatchers had to contend with a bright moon. Less «
A cropped look at a batch of Draconid meteors entering the atmosphere over France.
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Stephanie Pappas is a contributing writer for Live Science. She covers the world of human and animal behavior, as well as paleontology and other science topics. Stephanie has a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the University of South Carolina and a graduate certificate in science communication from the University of California, Santa Cruz. She has ducked under a glacier in Switzerland and poked hot lava with a stick in Hawaii. Stephanie hails from East Tennessee, the global center for salamander diversity. Follow Stephanie on Google+.