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Geminid Meteor Shower Video: Annual 'Shooting Star' Show Seen From Joshua Tree


First Posted: 12/13/11 07:32 PM ET Updated: 12/14/11 09:54 AM ET

If you were lucky enough to see the Geminid meteor shower, which peaked Tuesday night, it most likely didn't look like this.

After all, Henry Jun Wah Lee, a filmmaker and photographer from Los Angeles, spent three days and two nights with his camera in Joshua Tree National Park to capture video and photos featured in the film below.

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But camping out under the stars for those few nights resulted in an amazing time-lapse video of last year's Geminid meteor shower, juxtaposed against a backdrop of the enchanting landscape found in Joshua Tree.

According to the Los Angeles Times, the annual display is called the Geminids because the meteors appear to be emitted from the constellation Gemini.

(Click here for more on the Geminid meteor shower.)

Wah Lee explains on his website that not all of the streaks of light are meteors -- the flashes lasting longer than one or two frames are airplanes.

According to his Vimeo page, the video is set to "Happiness," from Jónsi & Alex's album "Riceboy Sleeps."

But even though the video is spectacular, Wah Lee writes on his website that "watching this doesn't beat the experience of actually sitting underneath the stars yourself."

Be sure to check out Wah Lee's site for his explanation of why he titled the film "Fleeting Light: The High Desert and the Geminid Meteor Shower" and for details about how he shot it.

In the mood for some more time-lapse? Check out this one from the Chilean desert featuring some of the stars and constellations of the Southern Hemisphere.

For more about the Geminid meteor shower, click here.

WATCH:

Fleeting Light: The High Desert and the Geminid Meteor Shower from Henry Jun Wah Lee on Vimeo.

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