The Geminid meteors of 2017 in Tucson AZ
A wrap-up of the best moments. With the Geminids' parent body 3200 Phaethon making a close pass (6 million miles) to Earth, closest it will be for almost 100 years the 3 mile diameter rock-comet was easily visible. Shown top left is a Nikon D850/300 mm lens capture as it passed near Mirach in Andromeda on December 15 (about 9 pm AZ local time). The Geminid peak night resulted in a display of multiple fireballs peaking between 3:42 and 4:16 am local time December 14th. Lower left a bright fireball over the city of Tucson AZ. Shown right is a montage of three fireballs and a bright meteor occurring within about a half hour.