The best meteor shower of the year — the Perseids — peaks tonight. In preparation for a planned outing to a dark sky site, I ran my camera from our roof last night for 8 hours. Despite significant light pollution, I made the following captures. The first was only 1 hour after sunset, and is an “Earthgrazer”, when the radiant is still below the horizon and meteors skim the upper atmosphere with long tails:
While one might suspect this was a satellite, the angular extent of the path is 60 deg., and in only 15 sec satellites cover only a small fraction of that distance; plus, the green color indicates a meteor.
The second photo is after the radiant is well above the horizon, so the meteors have shorter paths directly into the upper atmosphere:
Hoping for mostly clear skies tonight.
via Roy Spencer, PhD.
August 12, 2018 at 09:56AM