One of the things I like to do is to go out into the countryside and stare into the sky. And this weekend the Perseid Meteor Shower was at its peak!. On late Saturday night/early Sunday morning the zenithal hourly rate (ZHR) of meteors visible in a dark sky was over 90! And I did see many meteors that flew through the sky in the Alabama night. Here is a video from NASA explaining the Perseid Meteor Shower.
I got out of my apartment around 11:00pm Saturday night and drove away from the Anniston city lights. I went to the Talladega Scenic Byway or AL-281 and stopped at one of the many scenic overlooks. AL-281 does not carry much traffic but I did see lots of deer along the road.When I got to the scenic overlook I could see the lights from the City of Oxford, AL in the distance. It does look beautiful!While up at the scenic overlook I leaned back on my car and took in the show. Some of the meteors were very bright while others went across the sky very quick. It was a great show to see but my camera had a hard time catching one. At least I got one shot of the night sky with the moon. This shot was taken at 2am in the morning.Even though I did not get any shots of the meteors I did find a few photos and a video of the meteors going through the sky. Very cool!
- Perseid Meteor Shower (nerdinsider.wordpress.com)
- Why the 2012 Perseid Meteor Shower is Super Special (happyvalleymama.com)
- Perseid Meteor Shower Wows Weekend Stargazers (space.com)
- 2012 Perseid Meteor Shower, Yes, There is an App for That (notjustrockets.wordpress.com)