Last Wednesday, early in the morning, doorbell cameras in Anchorage, Alaska captured more than just the quiet streets of the sleeping town. They caught a giant meteor zooming across the sky, a sight we definitely don’t see every day. It was so bright that it lit up the whole sky for a few seconds, before burning out and seemingly disappearing behind the trees.
Can you imagine seeing anything “dirty” in a photo or video of a meteor? Yeah, neither can I. However, Twitter can, and it banned an astrophotographer this August because of that.
Astronomer and astrophotographer Mary McIntyre published a video of a meteor she took during the Perseid meteor shower. Twitter flagged it as “intimate content,” which resulted in banning the photographer for the whole three months!
The humble dashcam. Usually used for capturing boring traffic offences and dangerous drivers than fireballs flying through the atmosphere, but that is exactly what plumber Curtis Powell captured on his work rounds. It is suspected that the flash of light seen in the video was a meteoroid or re-entering satellite.
Thousands of people took to social media to report the streaking flash of light along with a loud rumbling noise in the Southern part of New Zealand’s North Island. It was said to have lasted around 10 seconds before disappearing.
Indonesian photographer Gunarto Song was recently photographing a volcano when he captured a meteor right above it. Thanks to Gunarto’s shooting angle, it looks like the meteor is flying straight into the crater, giving him a once-in-a-lifetime shot that quickly went viral.
Every year, there are a dozen major meteor showers and they’re a real treat for stargazers and astrophotographers alike. Geminid is one of the last ones, and tonight is your chance to capture it. On 13 and 14 December, the annual Geminid meteor shower is at its peak, so get your gear ready and find a nice and dark spot to take some shots.
Sometimes, the best things happen totally by accident. When Prasenjeet Yadav set up his camera to shoot the night sky above Mettupalayam, India, he never thought he’d capture a green-glowing meteor. I believe we can all agree that capturing something like this is a lucky coincidence on its own. But what makes it even more incredible is that the photo was taken while Prasenjeet was asleep.
One of the big problems with shooting timelapse, especially at night, is that it can get very boring, really quickly. So, often, astro timelapse photographers will leave their cameras snapping away while they go for a nap. That’s what Matthew Vandeputte did at the end of May while shooting timelapse on a road trip through Utah.
Meteors are quite common to capture at night, along with the usual aircraft, but capturing one exploding is a much rarer event. But that’s exactly what his camera had seen when he reviewed the images.
Did you know that three months ago a meteor exploded 16 miles above the Earth? What’s more, it released the amount of energy ten times stronger than the atomic bomb blast over Hiroshima during World War II. NASA managed to capture the large meteor explosion, and it has recently shared impressive images and an animation with the public.
Did you know that meteors can be colorful? Our eyes can’t detect the different colors of meteors, but our cameras can. Photographer Dean Rowe managed to capture a magnificent, colorful meteor during Geminid meteor shower. He was kind enough to share with DIYP the details of his photo and tell us how he made it.
Sometimes the cosmic forces of the universe just align to give you the opportunity to produce some really really unique photographs.
There is no other way to explain how I was able to capture these photographs of the Perseids Meteor Shower with the Milky Way and the Northern Lights in a single frame.
The unlikely chain of events goes something like this…