Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Nature puts on a show

 

We've been dazzled by the superstar celestial photography that's made its way onto CNN iReport as the Perseid meteor shower peaked in its beauty on August 12 and 13. For those of us who live in urban areas where the light blocks out the view of our heavens, seeing these images is a special treat. We've also really enjoyed seeing the process of how such images are captured. It's not like going outside and taking a picture of a tree in broad daylight. More work is required. The epic trailer video sent by AdrianWest about the Great Twitter Meteorwatch exemplifies what a big deal this was.

 

People banded together and made it something special.  siddsaha has given us a truly wonderful time-lapsed view of the scene from his vantage point at Mount Ranier National Park. He says there were only a few other people out there, and he was able to capture the meteor shower as it appeared to crash into Mount Ranier with his DSLR camera set to capture still images every 15 seconds. LensLord managed to capture a shot of a meteor that appeared to burst in mid-air. Science teacher and regular space photographer MikeBlack gave us some how-to tips, and kevinp showed off his full-on Perseid meteor detection system! It features a tower-mounted camera in weatherproof housing, and is remote-controlled. He too shared some time-lapse videos he put together. Some, like Talkenlate04, managed to get shots but said the meteors proved more difficult to take pictures of than they expected.

 

There were tons of others from all over the place that'll have you oohing and aahing, so check 'em out. Share your thoughts and tips below, and tell us what kinds of space photography you like to do. Next time you make a wish on a shooting star, point your camera upward. You never know what might happen.

11 Comments
August 18, 2010
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I live in Kempner Texas near Austin.  I slept outside the 12th and the 13th and watched the show.  It was amazing and I counted over 30 meteors on the 12th from 3:00 AM to 4:00 AM.  I slept a little both nights and each time I awoke it was not long before I saw another flash.  Could not get my partner interested but I had a BLAST!!!

August 18, 2010
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Awesome shots!  I know how hard it is to get a shot of a meteor...VERY hard.  These are great!!

August 18, 2010
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In So Cal between 10pm and midnight I think I counted 2. Must have been the wrong time.

 

August 18, 2010
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We spent a bit of time outside on the 13th. Suburban area, weren't able to get further away from the light pollution. Saw one good one, and then our creepy neighbor came out at midnight and turned on his porchlight.

August 19, 2010
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I saw one fly through the night sky from my location in Southwest Asia.

August 19, 2010
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On Sunday around 1:30 a.m. I was in the hot tub with my sister and nephew when the whole backyard lit up a very bright blue. My nephew said "what's that" and we turned around and saw a fast moving blue light, when all of a sudden the tail was in flames.  It was a magnificent meteor and we were so lucky to have seen. It felt like we could've reached out and touched it. Once in a lifetime opportunity!!!

 

August 19, 2010
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on saturday night i was driving back home form a shopping day in a little bit bigger of a city, and my husband and i saw about 6 little dashes of light, just like the pictures which i must say ARE AMAZING!

August 19, 2010
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We used to watch them in Maine each august. you would see one or two each minute.  amazing. 

August 20, 2010
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I-Reporters, I congratulate you on your fantastic photos of the Perseids. My husband & I were lucky enough to be on the 11PM Lake Express Ferry across Lake Michigan on August 12th. It was pitch black and we saw over 20 meteors. I didn't even attempt to set up my camera as we were moving the whole time. I enjoyed just watching the display. Thank you for sharing your photos. They are beautiful...

August 23, 2010
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WOW...FABULOUS SHOTS...WE GET SOME VERY FABULOUS SKY PICTURES HERE IN HAWAII...BUT THESE ARE VERY NICE...I'M GUESSING A NICE CAMERA TO...VERY NICE SET...THANKS FOR SHARING...

August 24, 2010
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