The Geminid Meteor shower occurs every year around December 13. For 2004 the shower occurred at new moon, the weather was clear in Arizona, and the Geminids put on a good show. This photo captured one of the brightest meteors of the evening, streaking across the northern sky -- the star at far left center is Polaris.
Date: December 13, 2004.
Time: 11:41 p.m. MST.
Location: near Florence Junction, Arizona.
Camera: Olympus OM-1 35mm SLR on homemade tracking mount.
Film: Kodak Elite Chrome 400 slide.
Focal length: 40 mm.
Exposure time: 3 minutes.
Scanner: Nikon Coolscan LS-2000 (cropped).