Perseid and Andromeda Galaxy


August 13, 2002

Not only was the phase of the moon favorable for viewing the 2002 Perseid meteor shower, but the weather in central Arizona was cooperative as well. I stayed up all night at a remote location in the Arizona desert, watching and photographing the sky. While meteors appeared steadily throughout the night, this was the only one I captured on film. But I could not ask for a better one -- the colorful fireball streaked right past the Andromeda Galaxy!

This photograph was published in the August 2004 issue of Sky & Telescope Magazine.

This very same meteor was photographed by Rick Scott from the same location; Rick's photo was featured on NASA's Astronomy Picture of the Day site on August 23, 2002.

Date: August 13, 2002
Time: 12:43 a.m. MST
Location: Four Peaks Road, NE of Phoenix, Arizona
Camera: Olympus OM-1 on homemade tracking mount
Film: Kodak Ektachrome P1600 slide
Focal length: 40mm
Aperture: f/2.8
Exposure Time: 5 minutes
Scanned by Rick Scott of Natural Images using Nikon Coolscan LS-2000
Processing: Cropped and gamma adjusted in Adobe Photoshop

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Revised: February 14, 2012
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