Sunday, April 23, 2017

Lyrid, Meteor of the Century (again)

I captured a Lyrid meteor last night, shooting 30-second exposures between 11:20 and 11:50 pm. I caught to meteors in this time, but one made it easy to quit for the night.


I didn't see the meteor, and noticed it only when examining my photo on the camera view screen. On a whim, I took a second exposure and noticed that the vapor trail was visible:


"This is interesting," I thought, so I tried to see how long the vapor trail would remain visible:









After about 5 minutes, the vapor trail drifted off of my field of view. I moved the camera twice before the trail was gone, and even captured a faint, second meteor next to the vapor trail. You will probably have to enlarge the image to the 2nd meteor near the star cluster (Coma Berenices) in the top of this photo.


The last image I captured was very faint, so I boldy tweaked the contrast:


I also made a video of my images, but think just viewing the still photos in sequence is more effective:




jg

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