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Skyfall

Meteors over Mount Rainier, from last August’s Perseid meteor shower.

View larger. | Taken during the 2015 Perseid meteor shower in August - at Mount Rainier National Park - by Matt Dieterich.  He calls the photo 'Skyfall.'

View larger. | Composite image, acquired during the 2015 August Perseid meteor shower, by Matt Dieterich. He calls the photo ‘Skyfall.’ Visit Matt’s website or Facebook page.

Matt Dieterich submitted this composite image to EarthSky this week. It’s from the 2015 Perseid meteor shower in August, typically one of the year’s best showers. Matt wrote:

Talk about a night to remember! The morning of Thursday August 13, 2015 the Perseid meteor shower peaked. I was working at Mt. Rainier National Park and created this image from a 2-hour-long time-lapse video to record as many Perseid meteors as possible.

The alignment of our Milky Way was situated perfectly vertical over Mount Rainier, an active volcano.

Between 2 and 5am we counted over 200 meteors! Unfortunately, the camera recorded only about 40 of them.

Nikon D750 and Rokinon 24mm F/1.4

Each image with a meteor was manually aligned on one main star field to place meteors in their respective locations in the night sky.

Thank you, Matt!

Deborah Byrd

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