Last night, Hai had the great idea of riding out to a huge lake in our local area to view the Perseid meteor shower. This visual display of “shootings stars” and “fireballs” occurs each August when the Earth travels through the remains of comet Swift-Tuttle. Being really dark down by the lake at night and further away from city lights, it would be our best chance to spot them.
At midnight, there was no activity we could see but the sky was beautiful all the same.
Here are some of the shots he took while we waited.
About a half hour later, a flash of light zoomed across the sky. This was the first of dozens we were treated to over about a thirty-minute period. It wasn’t so much of a “shower” but random bursts of light that could appear anywhere across the skyline, testing our peripheral vision as we tried to look everywhere at the same time.
Unpredictable locations and high-speed made them difficult to catch on camera, but Hai did manage to capture this one.
Did you see the 2012 Perseid meteor shower?