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.
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.
Photographing a meteor shower is more like photographing a time-lapse than traditional still photos. You can never anticipate where or when a meteor is going to streak across the sky.
In order to catch them, you have to set up and take as many photos as you can throughout the night with a wide angle lens on the camera. If you leave the camera in the same position, you can use the resulting images for a short time-lapse clip in addition to the still images you can capture.
Tonight, the Lyrid meteor shower will be taking place. They might not be as powerful as the Perseids or Quadrantids, but the Lyrids always have the potential to put on a show for astrophotographers of all experience levels.[Read More…]