Image Credit & Copyright: Brad Goldpaint.
For those of you lucky enough to have dark skies with clear skies overhead last week were treated to the best meteor shower of the year as the 2015 Perseids streaked across our night skies. What made this show great was not just the volume of meteors, which was around 50-ish; but also the fact that the Moon sat this one out. That big floodlight in the night sky is famous for washing away meteor showers through the year so the fact that this one occurred during new moon week presented a great opportunity to see a great show.
This image by Brad is a composite of about 65 meteors he captured on August 13 between 00:30 to 04:30 (AM) from Mount Shasta CA. The mountain itself is the centerpiece in the image off in the distance with the glow from the town of Mount Shasta illuminating the base of the mountain.
How you get from a night of imaging to a final image isn’t as simple as you may think. Here’s some technical information from the image in Brad’s own words. And remember, that’s why it’s so important to give proper credit to the night sky images that we all love so much. The time, money and effort that goes into a night sky capture is truly remarkable and it’s something you won’t find yourself doing unless you truly love it.
“I subtracted the meteors from the images that contained them throughout the 4 hour period. Due to the Earth’s rotation, the meteors were not in the correct location once overlayed with the single background image. To find where the meteors originated from in relation to the background image, I used Polaris (North Star), Capella, Pleiades, Mirphak, Double Cluster, and the constellation Perseid to triangulate their position.” – Brad Goldpaint
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