Saturday, August 14, 2010

Auroras and Meteors

I was fortunate enough to be able to capture the spectacular Aurora on August 3, 2010 and the Perseid Meteor shower on August 12, 2010. I was out with Bob of Blackholes and astrostuff for each event. We both snapped hundreds of photos and managed to pull off a few shots. The Aurora was an amazing event. The colors were something else, with lots of green and purple (which I have never seen in Aurora before).

The meteor shower was a bit lackluster. It was definitely not the same as previous years, where 100 meteors per hour was common. Not this year. We were lucky if we saw 20 the whole night. I had two cameras snapping photos and ended up taking about 450 pictures in total, but only caught about 15 meteors. It had also been raining all day so it was humid, which made it hard to keep the camera lens from fogging up. It also got cloudy, as you'll see in the pictures.

The pictures below are of the Aurora first, then meteors. Enjoy!


  1. Wow looks like both of you had lot of fun. I try to look for meteors too but not much of a luck. They said that supposed to be spectacular this year, but someone was wrong. Auroras are beautiful, they are probably related to the latest sun activity. Thanks for sharing and hope all is well. Anna :)

  2. Thanks Anna. Auroras are great, especially when there's purple, as was the case in August. Never seen purple Aurora before. The meteor shower was disappointing to say the least. Hope you and family are well too.

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