Astro photography


Perseid Meteor, August 11, 2008. The annual Perseid Meteor Shower reached its peak of activity late on August 11th, and during the early hours of August 12th. The weather was perfect, and I spent about an hour and a half photographing the event. This year the visibility of the shower was hampered by a two thirds full Moon that brightened the sky considerably. Only the brightest of the meteors showed through the moonlit sky.

This photograph shows one of the brighter Perseids which streaked across the sky at 11:24 p.m. EDT. The meteor is in the constellation Cepheus. If the trail of meteor is followed back, it leads to the radiant point in the constellation Perseus (located behind the tree to the lower right) which gives the meteor shower its name.

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Steve Irvine
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Wiarton, Ontario
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