Rajani Ramanathan  


Perseids Meteor shower by Rajani Ramanathan
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September 2021 - Perseids Meteor shower

About the Image(s)

Perseid meteors create long, bright streaks at night that are easily visible to the naked eye. The Perseids appear as quick, small streaks of light in this time lapse. They get their name because they look like they’re coming from the direction of the constellation Perseus (near Aries and Taurus in the night sky), but Perseids in that area can be hard to spot from the perspective of Earth. So just look up and enjoy the show!
The Perseids are fragments of the comet Swift-Tuttle, which orbits between the Sun and beyond the orbit of Pluto once every 133 years. Every year, the Earth passes near the path of the comet, and the debris left behind by Swift-Tuttle shows up as meteors in our sky.
This time-lapse is shot at the shores of Lake Superior, in the Pictured Rock national lakeshore region. While this region has endless possibilities for use as foreground for the photos, it was hard to get to them in the middle of the night, so this was taken at Miner’s beach which has easy access at night. Serendipity helped me get a bit of Aurora action to give the scene a bit more interest.

 

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