I have always had a passing interest in astronomy but it was not to little more than 4 years ago that I was truly bitten by the astronomy bug. Astrophotography now plays a major role in my life so much so I spend my days monitoring weather and spaceweather websites. By night I tour the county of Donegal in the northwest of Ireland, where I was born and raised, seeking out the idyllic foregrounds to complement the regions famously dark skies.
This image was taken on the on the night of the 10th/11th of August 2012, the night before the peak of the Perseid Meteor shower. The plan was to take a long exposure to bring out the detail in the Milky Way and then continue to take shorter exposure to capture any Perseids that lit up that area of the sky. This was just a test run for the peak on the following night. However, there was 100% cloud cover during the peak of this year’s shower so this is the only meteor I captured. Having said that this was the brightest Perseid I seen this year and I couldn’t believe my luck when I reviewed the image and realised I had caught it in just in the corner of the frame.
Location: Killygordon, Co. Donegal, Ireland. Date: 10/11 August 2012
Lokofoto - 8.5" x 12"
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