The park – accessible only by seaplane or boat – is noted for abundant sea life, tropical bird-watching, and colorful coral reefs. The park’s centerpiece is Fort Jefferson, a massive but unfinished coastal fortress, the largest brick masonry structure in the Western Hemisphere.
I set up my camera overlooking a 40-foot gap in the moat wall at Fort Jefferson facing north to capture some star trails and a Lyrid meteor. The damage to the moat wall was caused by the power of Hurricane Irma in September 2017 … I started a timelapse which lasted 1 hour and 35 minutes. I captured one meteor in all of those shots. I can say that patience came through, as this Lyrid fireball entered the atmosphere towards the end of my timelapse.
The meteor was so bright that it left reflections in the water surrounding the moat.
Bottom line: Photo of a Lyrid meteor over Florida’s Dry Tortugas National Park.
Eleanor Imster has helped write and edit EarthSky since 1995. She was an integral part of the award-winning EarthSky radio series almost since it began until it ended in 2013. Today, as Lead Editor at EarthSky.org, she helps present the science and nature stories and photos you enjoy. She also serves as one of the voices of EarthSky on social media platforms including Facebook, Twitter and G+. She and her husband live in Tennessee and have two grown sons.