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Delta Wanderings XIV – August 2015 -- “Look Up! Perseid Meteor Shower is Here”
The annual Perseid Meteor shower has made dazzling appearance this week. With a waning crescent moon this will be the first year since 2010 that the meteor shower aligns with a new moon making for some extra dark skies. While the show peaked in the very wee hours of August 13th you can still see plenty of meteors in the coming days. In Discovery Bay we were blessed with pretty clear cloudless skies although light pollution from Brentwood and Tracey / Stockton does wreck the horizon. In any case we still got some nice views over the past week. If you missed head out tonight, ideally sometime after midnight and take a look overhead towards the northeast skies. #Perseid , #Perseidmeteor , #Perseidmeteorshower http://www.DeltaWanderings.com
(A periodic photo blog of our Discovery Bay and Delta Wanderings)
A long exposure of 15 seconds captured a couple of meteors streaking by.
The key to freezing stars is a long exposure of 10-30 seconds, more than 30
seconds results in blurry stars as they and the earth are constantly in motion
Star Trails with Perseid Meteor shower over Beaver Bay
Discovery Bay Marina & Yacht Club, 15 minute time period , no meteors
In ancient Greek star lore, Perseus is the son of the god Zeus and the mortal Danae. It is said that the Perseid shower commemorates the time when Zeus visited Danae, the mother of Perseus, in a shower of gold
A Star Trail stack requires a very still tripod and a series of long exposure images taken over time.
This Star Trail includes 306 individual photos taken over a 80 minute time
period then stacked on top of each other. Notice the number of meteors.
Light pollution along horizon from Tracy
Only 75 images over a very active 30 minute period, the calm waters even reflected the meteor streaks
The stars appear to revolve around the North Star
More images creates a different effect, this one is a stack of 360 individual photos
Meteor showers occur when the Earth plows into small particles in space left behind by a comet or asteroid. In this case, the Perseids come from the tail of Comet Swift-Tuttle (whose last visit to Earth was in 1992). If you trace all the Perseid meteors backward, they all seem to come from the constellation Perseus, thus the name Perseid.
The same images used in the star stack can then be rendered as a time lapse video
showing the stars and meteors movement over time. Notice the light pollution along the horizon.
© Bill Klipp 2015
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Bill- you are very talented, nice shots, these are not easy to capture
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