This photographer caught a shooting star flying straight “into” a volcano

Jun 10, 2021

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

Jun 10, 2021

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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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.

Gunarto was taking photos of Mount Merapi, the most active volcano in Indonesia. He intended to get some shots to create a panorama, and the lucky shot came when he was already getting ready to head home. He saw the clouds gathering above the volcano and thought they would look great in photos, too. But then a bright, green light surprised him and added the unexpected element to his shot.

The photographer posted his photo on Instagram with the caption “Meteor Falling on the summit of Mount Merapi?” Unsurprisingly, it quickly went viral, and how could it not?

Speaking with CNN Indonesia, Gunarto revealed that he was using a shutter speed of 4 seconds. He believes that the green shooting star is a meteor, as he’d seen them before. Experts from the National Institute of Aeronautics and Space (LAPAN) confirmed, adding that the green color is the result of magnesium content in it. The phenomenon was also caught on at least two CCTV cameras.

Gunarto kindly shared his photo with us, as well as two cropped versions where you can see the amazing scene from up close. You can admire them below, and make sure to check out more of his work on Instagram and 1x.

[via PetaPixel]

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6 responses to “This photographer caught a shooting star flying straight “into” a volcano”

  1. Ushka Shakhnis Avatar
    Ushka Shakhnis

    Great shot , NOT a shooting star

  2. Karlontxo Pe Avatar
    Karlontxo Pe

    NOT an astronomy laser pointer at all

  3. Gary Topping Avatar
    Gary Topping

    I call bullshit…

  4. IlPope Avatar
    IlPope

    Flying? How about falling?

  5. Photog Avatar
    Photog

    I got a similar meterorite while trying to capture milky way ( https://www.instagram.com/p/CPEM4CEMkvE/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link ) . What causes the blue tint on the light if anyone can explain ?

  6. John Beatty Avatar
    John Beatty

    I have captured meteor trails like this while star gazing. I have also seen my share of so called “one shot in a million” where the actual shot is a manipulation or super composure of shots and the photographer lies saying it was one shot. At least with this it is confirmed from the videos. Awesome shot to be cherished.