Anza-Borrego Desert State Park - Kevin Key Photography - San Diego, California
All Aboard the Geminids Express!

All Aboard the Geminids Express!

The epic 2017 Geminid Meteor Shower over idle railroad tracks at Dos Cabazas Siding in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park.

The epic Geminids of 2017. Unlike many meteor showers over the past several years, the 2017 Geminid meteor shower certainly lived up to all the hype. Actually, it was far better than the hype. So many bright and slow-moving fireballs all over the sky! The only better meteor shower I have ever experienced was the Leonids of 2001.

This is a composite of the best frames from about 10:00 PM through 11:00 PM on December 13, 2017. All meteors seen here are their actual sizes and in the actual locations they appeared in the sky.

The San Diego & Arizona Eastern Railway Company is a short-line American railroad originally founded in 1906 as the San Diego & Arizona Railway (SD&A) by sugar heir, developer, and entrepreneur John D. Spreckels. Dubbed "The Impossible Railroad" by many engineers of its day due to the immense logistical challenges involved, the line was established in part to provide San Diego with a direct rail link to the east by connecting with the Southern Pacific Railroad lines in El Centro, California. The SD&A's 146.4-mile (235.61 km) route originates in San Diego, California and terminates in El Centro, California. Recently, the Baja California Railroad has taken out a lease of this line and plans to restore freight service in the near future.