Friday, December 12th, 2014

Viewing & Photographing The 2014 Geminid Meteor Shower

It’s time for the Geminids! The Geminid Meteor Shower ranks among the best meteors showers of the year, producing around 120 meteors per hour in ideal viewing conditions. This year, the peak occurs over two nights for North American viewers—tomorrow evening through Sunday morning and Sunday evening through Monday morning. The third-quarter Moon interferes somewhat this year, Read more... you know you want to.

Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

Is That A Meteor In Your Photo, Or Is That Piece Of Space Junk Just Happy To See You?

Airplane light trails

Look in the sky! It’s a bird. It’s a plane. It’s a frog. Or maybe even Underdog! But, sorry to disappoint, it’s probably not a meteor. (Yes, there is such a thing as a flying dog. Those of you over 50 know what I’m talking about.) After every meteor shower, excited photographers send me photos of the Read more... you know you want to.

Monday, July 29th, 2013

Viewing and Photographing the 2013 Perseid Meteor Shower

A Perseid meteor streaks beside the Milky Way

One of the best meteor showers of the year is less than two weeks away! The annual Perseid meteor shower is expected to produce an average of around one meteor every minute for viewers in the United States, although the actual rate could be more. The peak for this year’s shower occurs mid-afternoon on Monday, August Read more... you know you want to.

Thursday, May 23rd, 2013

Night Photos-Meteors

Orionid Meteor-Big Dipper-Venus-Blue Ridge Parkway-North Carolina

The images on the “Night Photos” pages are selected from blog posts, but these pages include only a sampling of the relevant images. If you want to see all of the content for a certain topic, use the blog’s “Search” feature. An Orionid Meteor, the Big Dipper, and Venus shine above the Blue Ridge Parkway. Nikon D800, Nikon Read more... you know you want to.

Monday, December 10th, 2012

Geminid Meteor Shower This Week!

A Perseid meteor streaks beside the Milky Way

We’re in for a treat this Thursday night and Friday morning. One of the finest meteor showers of the year occurs on a moonless night. The annual Geminids produce an average of 60 to 120 meteors an hour. That’s one or two meteors every minute! Peak time for the meteor shower is the early morning hours Read more... you know you want to.

Monday, December 10th, 2012

Photographing Meteor Showers

Two Perseid meteors in the night sky beside the Milky Way

The key to making great photos of meteors is to be real quick with the camera. Just kidding! Actually, the real key is to be slow and methodical. As in taking your time to set up and get everything just right. The idea is simple. Point the lens at a section of sky where you think (hope) Read more... you know you want to.

Wednesday, August 8th, 2012

Perseid Meteor Shower This Weekend!

A Leonid meteor streaks in the night sky in the constellation Orion

It’s time for one of the best meteors showers of the year. The annual Perseids typically produce rates up to one meteor per minute, but the rates could be even higher at times. The projected peak period is the early morning of this coming Sunday, August 12. However, the Perseids occur over several days and Read more... you know you want to.

Thursday, April 19th, 2012

Photographing the Lyrid Meteor Shower

It’s time for another meteor shower! April’s Lyrids are predicted to peak in the early morning hours on Sunday, although it’s worth going out on Saturday morning as well. The Lyrid meteor shower is not a major shower, producing maybe 15 – 20 meteors an hour on average, but meteor showers are unpredictable and you never Read more... you know you want to.

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012

Nightly Night Photography Notes–Meteor Shower Tonight!

Post Update: I am no longer making Nightly Night Photography Notes posts on this blog. Instead, I am providing regular night photography news updates through the Night Photography News eNewsletter. Signing up is free and easy. Simply click the link, enter your email address, and choose Night Photography News from the list choices. One final reminder Read more... you know you want to.

Monday, January 2nd, 2012

Photographing Tomorrow Night’s Meteor Shower

Leonid meteors at Cape Hatteras Lighthouse

A meteor (shooting star, falling star) is the visible light that is created when a meteoroid enters Earth’s atmosphere. If the meteoroid does not burn up and reaches Earth’s surface, it is called a meteorite. Photographing meteors is surprisingly easy. Basically, all you need to do is point a camera at the sky and use Read more... you know you want to.