and I have been watching Perseid meteors, whenever possible,
every August since we have known one another. Over the years,
we have seen thousands but I have only ever seen three true
'fireballs' and Tina saw her first last night. I am filming
the Perseids this year, before during and after their peak
on Thursday, 12th August, and so I have spent as much time
as possible over the past few days randomly filming the
night sky with a Nikon camera and 10.5mm fisheye lens. Last
night, Tina and I finished the regular news updates then
went to Brampton Abbotts with the camera equipment.
At 11.03 BST, a fireball meteor entered the Earth's atmosphere,
approaching from the East South East. It lit the sky for
a full 5 seconds before its final burnout. With our eyes,
we could see the chunk of space debris as it burned - looking
like a fireball moving rapidly through the night sky.
photo below is a fisheye picture, covering 180 degrees of
the sky, so it appeared a lot closer to us in reality than
the way it is pictured. If you look closely at the photograph,
the short red line to the top right of the meteor trail
is the distance a jet aeroplane travelled during its easterly
trajectory. The bright 'star' to the lower right is in fact
the planet, Jupiter. The lights on the ground are the bit
of road which bypasses Ross, leading to the M50.
I ran this photo in the blog and elsewhere when we arrived
home this morning. As a result, lots of people have asked
if they can use it as their desktop wallpaper.
If you click
here, or on the image below, a full size (be
patient - it's nearly 5 meg) version will open in a separate
window or tab, right click it to save.
This image is my copyright. You may download it for personal,
non-commercial purposes only such as desktop wall paper
- personal prints. It must not be altered or cropped in
any way. It is one frame from an as yet unfinished film
I am making and must not be published anywhere - newspapers,
magazines etc. without written permission.
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