Saturday, May 4, 2013

Eta Aquarid Meteor Shower

Milky Way
What a great morning!  We were at the Stone Barn property of Allens Pond Audubon Sanctuary in Dartmouth, Massachusetts to observe and photograph the Eta Aquarid Meteor Shower.  It was a cool, perfectly clear night, the stars were sparkling and there was a bright Milky Way present.  I set up my cameras, one with a 14 mm wide-angle lens and the other with a 24 mm wide-angle lens, and program the cameras to do interval shooting.  I allowed two seconds in between frames.  While I was sitting down and observing the sky, a fireball flew overhead from the Northeast to the Southwest, and persisted for at least 10 to 15 seconds.  It was the brightest and longest lasting meteor that I have seen.  The sight of it showed how wonderful the universe is and how we are may be not as significant as we feel we are.  Anyway, I captured a number of other meteors.  We photographed until the waning gibbous moon lit up the sky and started hiding the stars.
"The Fireball"

Meteor in the Milky Way

Star trail With Meteor
Meteor over the Stone Barn

We're going again tomorrow morning starting at 2 AM to catch not only hopefully, the meteors, but also most beautiful milky way.