Meteor Image Gallery

It is usually quite difficult to capture meteors on film, since they occur only a few times an hour. In November 2001, however, we had a truly impressive Leonid meteor shower with peak rates over 1000/hour. Photographing this storm was no problem at all. For more information on this event, see my meteor science page.

Single Leonid
A single bright Leonid. All of these images were taken from the Guffey Community Charter School during an overnight meteor party for the students. All were shot on Fuji Superia 800 through a 28mm f/2.8 lens.
Double Leonid
A pair of Leonids streaking past the Pleiades, Saturn, and Aldebaran.
Triple Leonid
Three Leonids
in Ursa Major, the Big Dipper.
Smoke Trail
The lingering smoke trail from the brightest fireball of the night, which occurred at 4:30AM.
Zodiacal Light
Zodiacal light. At about 4:30AM local time, I saw the brightest display of zodiacal light I've ever seen. A smoke trail and single Leonid are also visible in this image. The zodiacal light is caused by sunlight scattering from particles of dust in space. Because we were traveling through the debris of a comet, which is what created the meteor shower, there was more scatter than usual.

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