2016 Perseids

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I went out Friday night/Saturday morning star gazing hoping to photograph a meteor or two of the Perseid meteor shower.  The Perseid Meteor shower is an annual event occurring from mid July to mid August as the Earth crosses the orbital path of Comet Swift-Tuttle; the parent of the Perseid meteor shower.  Debris from the comet litters its orbital path, but we don’t get into the dense part of it until the first week of August.  It’s this debris that slams into Earth’s upper atmosphere at 130,000 mile per hour lighting up the night sky with streaking Perseid meteors.

This year was to be particularly good for viewing more meteors because of our position in the debris path.

I saw a few really great meteors with wonderful balls of fire streaking through the sky, but the best image I made in 4 hours of sky watching was of this little meteor with some red at the head and a green tail.  It’s a first time I’ve photographed the green tail.

Perseid Meteor 2016

 

 

There’s some of the Milky Way in there too, but faint, but there were oh, so many stars!

It was a wonderful night for star gazing.

Nikon Df| Nikkor 20mm f/1.8G @ f/2.8| ISO 1600| 26s  single frame| Delkin Digital Film|PS CC 2015.5

Source-Earthsky.org

more to come…

 

 

 

 

 

Starry starry night

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It’s very compressed in this view. Please click on the photo to see it large. It really does look better!

The night before the WorldWide Photowalk I did a little night photography. The Milky Way shot I want still eludes me…one day I’ll get it!
The Moon was a bit too bright for this shot to come out the way I had envisioned it, but the color from the light pollution, the cloud formation, and the pine trees in silhouette made this shot for me.

This is a southwestern sky.

Nikon D700| Nikkor 17-35mm@ 17mm| f3.5| 35 seconds| ISO 1600| Manual Mode| Tripod w/intervelometer

Eastern Sierras, California