geminids part two

by underswansea

_LME9578A meteor streaks through Cassiopeia, Perseus and the double cluster.

Woke up early this morning to see if the weather had cleared. There was a skiff of snow on the step. The sky was cloudy.

Sometimes low cloud hangs over the valley, but if you get on the benches or into the mountains it can be clear. I decided to take a chance.

Willow and I took off for the west. The winter constellations would be going down. Gemini would still be up and with luck maybe a few straggler Geminid meteors.

Once we gained some elevation the sky was clear in the west, and to our delight, the shooting stars were shooting!

_LME9583A Geminid passes below Cancer and the Beehive Cluster (straight above) pointing back to the Gemini constellation.

It was -11°c but felt colder with a slight wind. Venus kept rising in the east.  We hung in there as long as we could. Willow scratching at sticks under the snow and me watching the stars. Work was calling. We headed back down below the clouds, into the morning, feeling lucky.