Anza-Borrego Desert State Park - Kevin Key Photography - San Diego, California
Geminid Meteor Shower 2017 Over Railroad Water Tower at Dos Cabezas Siding

Geminid Meteor Shower 2017 Over Railroad Water Tower at Dos Cabezas Siding

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.

I camped at Dos Cabezas siding in the southern portion of Anza-Borrego Desert State Park from the evening of December 13 through the morning of December 14, 2017.

This is a composite of the best frames from about 11:21 PM on 12/13/2017 through 1:22 AM on 12/14/2017. All meteors seen here are in the actual locations they appeared in the sky. The water tower seen here is part of the SD&AE and dates back to the age of steam locomotives.

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.