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December 14, 2010

No Meteors for Me

Last night was supposedly one of the best nights to witness the Geminid Meteor Shower.  I headed out in the chill of the evening to see what I might be able to capture with the camera.  Answer:  Squat! 

I did see a couple of meteors shoot past, but of course my camera was pointed in a different part of the sky.  Plus I was having fits with all of the light pollution in my neighborhood, and with it being a “school night” and all (having a 7:00am conference call wasn’t enticing either) I didn’t want to go out and locate a good dark area into the wee hours.

I took a few long exposures and honestly wasn’t real happy with any of my results save one… this one was a long exposure of a plane (at cruise altitude) plowing west toward a setting crescent moon.  I thought I’d give it a try.  What was captured was… the reflected contrail (left part of the trail) and his strobes as he neared the moon.  The moon is entirely blown out due to the long exposure, but I thought it was kinda cool anyway.

plane and moon

Now, back to work!

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Know what you mean, JC. My birthday is in August so I am always reminded of the Perseids, the August "meteor shower". I've never seen any of those "one-per-minute" claims, either. I think its some huge scam to get people outside, looking up at the sky for no particular reason.

Posted by: Pinch | Dec 14, 2010 4:13:53 PM

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