Geminids meteor shower lights up the Geraldton night sky

Edward ScownGeraldton Guardian
The 2021 Geminids meteor shower saw about 50 meteors per hour fall over WA.
Camera IconThe 2021 Geminids meteor shower saw about 50 meteors per hour fall over WA. Credit: Steve Pidgeon

They say nothing good happens after midnight, but one local photographer put that to rest as the Geminids meteor shower lit up our night sky.

Shivering through the small hours of Wednesday morning, Steve Pidgeon captured some amazing pictures as the once-a-year celestial event peaked over the Mid West, sending some 50 meteors per hour.

Mills Point Lookout, about a 20 minute drive out of town, provided the environment free of light pollution as the supersonic space rocks met their fiery end.

The Geminids shower every year, usually peaking in mid December. While thousands can fall in a day, they usually disintegrate about 40km above the ground, meaning very few can be found.

Meteors in the Geminid shower can fall as fast as 35km per second
Camera IconMeteors in the Geminid shower can fall as fast as 35km per second Credit: Steve Pidgeon

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