The Geminids Night at Outeiro
Photographed in the evening of the 13th to the 14th of December 2013, it shows the Geminids meteor shower over an old windmill situated in a small village called Outeiro, Leiria, Portugal.
The Geminids meteor shower is one of the most expected meteor showers in the end of the year.
Although me and my friend João Almeida (http://500px.com/joaoalmeida1904) "just" have counted approximately 70 all night, according to the IMO (International Meteor Organization), this year were recorded 110 meteors per hour at its peak, occurred in the night that I took this photo. (source: http://www.imo.net/live/geminids2013/)
Every year, in December, our planet crosses the orbital path of asteroid 3200 Phaethon. The debris of this mysterious body which is sometimes referred to as a rock comet crashes into upper atmosphere at around 130,000 km/h vaporizing the sky with colorful Geminid meteors.
The constellation Gemini, which gives the name to this meteor shower (Geminids), is the region in the sky where you can see the greatest influx of these meteors fall, more specifically near the bright star Castor, this year. To this point we call "Radiant", that influences the name given to each meteor shower.
The photo itself is a combination of 7 different photos, taken during four hours, between 2am and 6am of December 14, 2013.