I've moved this to the front of my Flickr Photostream to point out the following upcoming meteor showers:
Orionid - Oct 20-22"October's new Moon also perfectly favours the Orionids at their peak in 2009. The shower's radiant, near the celestial equator, is at a useful elevation by around local midnight in either hemisphere, somewhat before in the north, so most of the world can enjoy the shower."
Northern Taurids - Nov 12"The NTA peak has only a waning crescent Moon, however. With near-ecliptic radiants, all meteoricists can observe these streams, albeit northern hemisphere observers are somewhat better-placed, as here suitable radiant zenith distances persist for much of the night, though from the southern hemisphere, a good 3-5 hours' watching around local midnight is possible with Taurus well above the horizon."
Leonid - Nov 17"Luckily, new Moon on November 16 ensures perfectly dark skies for covering whatever events happen"
"the 21h-22h UT apparently critical interval will fall best chiefly for sites across Asia, from the extreme east of Europe eastwards to Japan and places at similar longitudes, but with the possibility of some unusual activity at almost any stage from ~ 6h-24h UT on November 17, only European and African longitudes look set to miss out."
Geminid - Dec 13/14"One of the finest, and probably the most reliable, of the major annual showers presently observable, whose peak this year is virtually coincident with new Moon."
The Northern Tuarids will peak on November 12 during the photography workshop that I'll be conducting in Arches and Canyonlands National Parks Nov 11-14:
Hope you can join us!
Flickr Explore highest position: #1 on Tuesday, August 25, 2009. This video was also featured on Discover Magazine's blog. Many of the comments speculate that the video is somehow faked. I'm flattered. I wish I had the tools, skill and time to fake a natural event of this magnitude!
Make sure you click on the HD symbol to see the high resolution version, then watch all of the meteors on the left side.
I shot this timelapse sequence at an elevation of 10,000 feet in the White Mountains on the California/Nevada border. The bright star in the left half of the screen that the rest seem to rotate around (that we actually rotate under) is the North Star. The bright object which rises orange on the right side behind the smoke is the moon.
I had a previous version of this uploaded that was too fast, so I slowed the frame rate down so the meteors are more visible, and added video de-flickering, noise reduction and sharpening. Unfortunately there's no option to replace a video, so I simply left that one up for the people who ahd "favorited" it, then added this improved version.
This is the first completed timelapse video sequence from my series of five, shot from four different locations during the Perseid event. I'll upload the others as I complete them, and as always, I'll try to post technique notes on my blog: www.MyPhotoGuides.com. I'll try to keep my workshop schedule updated there as well if you'd ever like to join me to learn night and timelapse photography, as well as traditional landscapes.
For some interesting background, debris from previous passes of the Comet Swift-Tuttle through the earth's orbit causes the annual Perseid Meteor Shower in early August. Such events may be tied to the appearance of life on this planet. More than seventy varieties of amino acids have been found in meteorites, and tests imply that they may withstand impact events:
Hitchhiking Molecules Could Have Survived Fiery Comet Collisions With Earth
There was a talk recently at U.C. Berkeley on how material from space has influenced life on earth:
Astronomy and Evolution: From the Death of the Dinosaurs to the Stardust in your Bones