Picture of the Day: The First Meteor Shower of 2012

By Rebecca J. Rosen

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Early in the morning of January 4th, stargazers around the Northern Hemisphere bared the cold to see if they could catch a peek Quadrantid meteor shower. Many ended up just cold, but the lucky ones saw a snippet of the above image, a composite over the course of the night. The streaks are Quadrantid and non-Quandrantid meteors; the dotted arcs are the trails of stars left as the Earth rotates.

Below, recent Pictures of the Day:

Image: NASA.

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http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2012/01/picture-of-the-day-the-first-meteor-shower-of-2012/251022/