Saturday, 15 December 2012

Geminid Meteor Shower over Perth Observatory

Well, after many hours of work on this series of photographs (probably about 7 hours - there goes my weekend!) I have a result I am happy with.

This photograph shows 6 Geminid meteors over the night sky of the Perth Observatory. You can see some buildings of the public viewing area in the foreground and main telescope dome in the distance.  The photograph was taken on the night of the 14th - 15th December 2012, after I had finished hosting a public viewing session.

This is a combination of 31 individual exposures. Some of those are the meteors (6), some are the remainder of the star field (15), some are the foreground (10).

Look carefully and you will see all 6 meteors angled towards the constellation of Gemini. Click the photo to see a larger version.

Geminid Meteors with Pleiades, Jupiter, Orion and Sirius

You can also see in the photograph, from left to right: Pleaides (star cluster), Jupiter, Constellation of Orion, and the bright stars Sirius and Procyon.

It's a nice high resolution 18 megapixel image too, so I'm looking forward to printing it large and seeing how well it comes up.

Read about the Geminids Meteor Shower at Wikipedia.


  1. Great photo. I've been looking for places around Perth to photograph the night sky, specifically the band of the Milky Way with interesting objects in the foreground, in this case the Perth Observatory. Are members of the public allowed to photograph the night sky at the observatory grounds? Thank you in advance.

  2. Hi, and thanks for your comment.

    You are best contacting the Perth Observatory directly (contact details are on their webpage) and asking the question, as I am a volunteer tour guide host there not an employee so cannot speak on behalf of the observatory.

    Typically the observatory is only open to the public for the night viewing tours and day tours. I haven't seen a previous example of public being allowed to spend time there and take photo's outside of those tour times, but it can't hurt to ask, just call during normal business hours.

    When I host tour nights visitors occasionally bring a camera and small tripod for the duration of the tour, which I have no problem with and enjoy providing advice.