If you looked up at the heavens over the past 24 hours, you might have seen the 2015 Geminid meteor shower blaze through our solar system. Following in the heels of other starry shows like the Perseids and the Leonids, the Geminids occur each December, and are usually the year's last major celestial event. The show peaks tonight, December 14, so you still have time to find a clear, dark spot and watch hundreds of shooting stars light up the sky.
For those of you who may not have time to stargaze, or who live in a city with light pollution, here are some spectacular images of the Geminids taken around the world on December 13.
1. MAY HILL, NEW MEXICO
2. OAHU, HAWAII, NORTH SHORE
3. LINDISFARNE, NORTHUMBERLAND, U.K.
— The Chronicle (@EveningChron) December 14, 2015
4. CORNWALL, ENGLAND
— Mat Spencer (@TR8Mat) December 14, 2015
5. BRAZOS BEND STATE PARK, NEEDVILLE, TEXAS
— EarthSky (@earthskyscience) December 14, 2015
6. BRIGHTON, UTAH
7. OCEAN CITY, NEW JERSEY
Ocean City Fireball - A huge Geminid meteor streaks over the beach in Ocean City, New Jersey. The Geminid meteor shower peaks later tonight! Who has plans on heading out to do some stargazing? #adventureworthy #ExploreMore #WeAreAllZeal @discoverearth #stargazing #epic_captures #oceancity#newjersey @instagood #instagoodmyphoto @danspace77 @js.hn @thegreatoutdoors #geminid #geminids #meteorshower #meteor #fireball