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How To Photograph Meteor Showers

In the old days, you needed a lot of film and a lot of luck to capture a photograph of a meteor streaking overhead.

Today, thanks to the digital revolution in photography, we have a much better chance of getting great photos of shooting stars entering Earth’s atmosphere.

Why? Because with digital cameras, you can take hundreds, or even thousands of cost-free photos per night of a meteor shower.

Here are some tips to get you geared up and prepared to get the shot!




Planning

Meteors can hit the upper atmosphere at any time, but there are some “showers,” when the Earth passes through debris from passing comets, that are known for providing an increase in the amount of activity in the night sky.

Many of you have heard of the Perseid and Geminids meteor showers, but there are others that occur throughout the year.

Dark Skies

Regardless of the moon phase, or the amount of meteor activity, you need to get somewhere with dark skies in order to view the show.

You cannot walk out of the B&H SuperStore in New York City and look up to see a shooting star—in fact, it’s difficult to see any stars.

You will need to drive outside of the urban environment. Again, there are websites and apps that can help you find the dark regions of the planet and, hopefully, one is in your backyard or a short drive from where you live.

Camera

You can use almost any camera for the meteor capture mission, but it is best to have one that allows manual exposure control.

Also, there are some advantages to cameras with larger sensors for low-light photography. A DSLR or mirrorless camera with an APS-C or full-frame sensor would likely perform better than a point-and-shoot with a smaller sensor.

Lens

Some meteor chasers recommend extreme wide-angle lenses or even fisheye lenses. Some prefer standard wide-angle glass.

The advantage of the ultra-wide angle lens is that your field of view covers more of the sky and gives you a better chance of catching the streak of a meteor.

The disadvantage is that the sky will look more distant than it will with a mid-range wide-angle lens.

It is really a matter of preference, but it is best to stick to wide-angle optics because your chances of catching a streak in a normal or telephoto lens are considerably less due to the much smaller field of view.

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Meteor, Comet Or Asteroid? How To Tell Them Apart.

Here’s how to tell a meteor from an asteroid from a comet.

Meteoroid: A small rocky or metal object, usually between the size of a grain of sand or a boulder, that orbits the sun. It originates from a comet or asteroid.

Meteor: A meteoroid that enters the earth’s atmosphere and vaporizes. Also called a “shooting star.”




Meteorite: A meteor that hits earth without burning up in the atmosphere.

Meteor shower: A collection of meteors visible when earth passes through a trail of debris left by a comet.

Asteroid: An object larger than a meteoroid that orbits the sun and is made of rock or metal. Historically, objects larger than 10 meters across have been called asteroids; smaller than that they’ve been called meteoroids.

Comet: A body of ice, rock and dust that can be several miles in diameter and orbits the sun. Debris from comets is the source of many meteoroids.

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Incredible Dashcam Footage Shows Giant Fireball Hurtling Towards Ground In Michigan Before Sparking 2.0 Magnitude Earthquake

The impressive dash-cam footage, recorded from a vehicle traveling on a motorway near the US city Detroit, shows a dazzlingly bright object hurtling towards the ground.

Other clips posted on social media also show the meteorite lighting up the night sky. Terrified onlookers posted dramatic footage and images of the cosmic event online.

It sparked a 2.0 magnitude earthquake near Detroit eastern Michigan, and a powerful explosion that shook homes.




The National Weather Service said: “After reviewing several observational data sets, we can confirm the flash and boom was NOT thunder or lightning, but instead a likely meteor.

The United States Geological Survey late confirmed a meteorite had been seen and heard in the area.

Meteors, also known as shooting stars, are created when little chunks of rock and debris in space fall through a planet’s atmosphere.

They leave a bright trail as they are heated by the friction of the atmosphere. If they hit the ground, they become a meteorite.

On Twitter, people reacted with shock at the phenomenon. “Did Michigan just get hit with a meteor? A bomb? A UFO?” one person said.

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Where, When, And How To Perfectly Watch This Week’s Meteor shower

One of the last meteor showers of the year is happening this Friday. So, if you haven’t caught a meteor shower yet this year, this week is your chance.

Don’t miss out on this year’s Leonid meteor shower, which is expected to have ideal conditions for many parts of the US. Following is a transcript of the video.

The Leonid meteor shower is happening this week. The most meteors will happen on the evening of Nov. 17. Expect to see between 10-20 meteors an hour. Viewing conditions will be excellent this year.




The Moon will be a paper-thin crescent. So, the night sky will be especially dark to enjoy the show.

But watch out for the weather. Cloudy skies will cover some parts of the US. Here are the best and worst places to watch on Nov. 17.

Some of the first records of the Leonids date back to the 10th century. They’re famous for some of the most spectacular meteor showers.

In the past, the Leonids have produced 50,000 meteors per hour. For the best show, find a safe, dark place away from city lights.

Many meteors will appear to come from the constellation Leo. But experts advise looking away from Leo.

That way, you’ll spot the meteors with the longest tails. Happy meteor hunting!

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