Burning up Geminid Meteor!!!

December 17, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

Monday night I went out with Mike Olbinski, Keith Kessler and Greg McCown to shoot the Geminid meteor shower which was hitting its peak. We drove a few hours south, down to the Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, and then a few miles back into the desert - about 10 miles north of the US/Mexico border. We got there around 10:30 and stayed till about 3am. It was cold and a bit creepy. 

We set up our cameras and shot stills and time-lapse sequences for hours in the dark - it really was a great deal of fun. And cold.

I captured a few stills, but what really caught my attention was when I looked through one of the time-lapse sequences. I noticed a bright meteor in one frame, and then for the next 90 frames (30 minutes in real time because I was shooting 3 frames per minute, 20 seconds each), smoke drifted away from where the meteor burned up. Really surprising to see, and without the time-lapse it would simply not have been noticeable. 

I pulled it all together in Premier Pro, even though the quality isn't that great. Still...fun to see. 


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