Crystal air cuts cheeks. Iron hard ground turning grass into green asphalt. Slick, black diamond puddles, glassy worlds shimmering in sky bright moonlight.
Gemini rides high in the east, a feast for meteor watchers eyes these past few nights. Hidden behind cloud for much of the time, now you disrobe for a photo op.
And for the first time I see a truer beauty; blue, red and gold baubles suspended in the black night. Lens sees more than the eye; no matter how bright not all stars are white.
The photograph was taken during this Mesmerising Moment and I was amazed at the level of detail the camera guesswork captured.
The Geminid meteor shower is an annual event that peaked this year on the 13th and 14th December. It is the first meteor shower I remember staying up for as a child. Wrapped in coats and blankets, necks craned, not knowing where to be looking and wanting to see all at once.
I saw a few on the 13th but the sky has been cloudy. Tonight, after the peak, the sky is clear. There’s always next year.
Find more information about the Geminid meteor shower and other wonders of our natural universe on EarthSky.