Meteoric rise

Monday 16 August 2010, 10:57

Martin Aaron Martin Aaron

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Unless you've been living on the moon recently, you'll have heard about the recent Perseid meteor showers streaking across our night skies.

Many of you battled with freezing cold temperatures and stiff necks from staring into space for hours on end, but most came away feeling satisfied, having seen a few meteors.

Malcolm Harvey reported spectacular scenes over Southerndown beach where he saw "a couple of belters!" whilst Tony Evans spent an hour and a half lying down in a dark field, miles from anywhere watching meteors and lightening over head.

I wrote a little blog about it last week and laid down a photographic challenge on our Flickr group to all the photographers out there to try and capture this annual event.

We've had a few attempts submitted but one particularly nice capture came in from 'Virtual Tony 2000' who set up a series of long exposure shots on the cliffs above Penarth.

Sixty six shots later and a meteor decided to play ball. You can see it streaking right through the middle of the star trails in this stunning shot:

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We also had this lovely landscape shot taken over Penmon Lighthouse, Anglesey from Kev Lewis. If you look carefully you can see a meteor towards the top right of the frame, flying from left to right:

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If you've got any meteor shots you'd like to share, feel free to submit them to our Flickr group or you can e-mail them to me at wales.nature@bbc.co.uk.

Thanks

Gull

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