Billions and Billions of Stars and a Perseid Too!

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Another take/frame from my night last summer at Steens Mountain, Oregon (one of the darkest night skies found in the lower 48 states). Not a bad place to be for shooting stars!

Notes: I slightly differently processed this one, focusing on keeping the sky darker than I normally do (thoughts are appreciated). Thus it might lose something in the small view, so please do view large. It was taken just after peak of the Perseid Meteor Shower so I was pretty sure it was a shooting star, but I checked due to the shape of the streak to see if it was an Iridium Flare. The online calculator at Heavens-Above Calculator does not indicate any predicted flares for the time period this was taken, thus I am going to assume this is indeed a leftover Perseid Meteor. I believe there is also at least one additional faint Perseids that you can only see in the large view as well.

Edit: in response to those who are saying it's more likely an unrelated meteor not from the Perseid Meteor Shower, you could very well be right. I continue to hedge my bets on this one. Although, as I mentioned earlier, I discount the satellite flare theory since no online calculators predicted one for this location and time (I would love if it were, they are harder to get, heh). So if you came here from the flickr blog and are now thinking, well geeze this isn't even at the peak of Perseids and it might not even be one, I offer this shot of mine from the 2009 Perseid Shower that is definitely one. ;-)))

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  1. Susie_que1 68 months ago | reply

    I always think of "pre-electicitiy days". How beautiful the night skies much have lOoked. Imagine?
    I think of breaking down in AZ, in the middle of the night...sitting there on that bike, on the side of the hiway
    it was so serene!
    I wasnt even afraid,
    course I also had a 9mm in my pocket...buT anYwaY...Like
    an oldtimer sitting on a porch (any porch, in any small town)....saying "Stars so brite, yoU could almost touch em, by God"I get that same feeling lOoking at this pix.......thx yoU....SQ1 or in other words........Dude, this pix is sick.....:o)

  2. OhLizz 68 months ago | reply

    I love it!

  3. Shot12 68 months ago | reply

    This is just a great capture...well done.

  4. Sascha Brittner 68 months ago | reply

    nothing makes you feel smaller and more unimportant than pictures like this.


  5. heymensarang 68 months ago | reply

    wow .......eternity

  6. Merlins FotoWorld 67 months ago | reply

    absolut great shot!

    Can you say something about the camera, glas etc.?

    Thank you!

  7. ohNzl 67 months ago | reply


  8. Tausif Farooqi [deleted] 67 months ago | reply

    awesome shot!

  9. Agathe De Pauer 67 months ago | reply

    waaaww!!! great shot!

  10. Graela 67 months ago | reply

    Perseid or not it is a heavenly shot.
    Love all those bright stars against the black sky. Well done on exposure and all the technical stuff I have never figured out for night shots myself.

  11. Slick 12 67 months ago | reply

    WOW, frankly as a non-expert, I could care less who is responsible for that meteor. This is easily one of the best shots of thenight sky I've ever seen and I really like the shooting star as a sort of hopeful punctuation.

    As a side note I'm impressed by those notes, particularly those that found stars on what appears to be the ground? judging by the horizon in the image.

    Again, this is awesome and a really great piece of art.

  12. little~ny 67 months ago | reply

    omg! this is insanely good...WOW
    i live in NY, near the city line.. the other night we count 2 (yes two) stars
    -- (?)

  13. Markus Wichmann 65 months ago | reply

    One of the most wonderful shots I've seen on Flickr so far! Thanks a lot!

  14. SniperCheetah 64 months ago | reply

    I've not seen such beauty since a night sky near Hastings, England. A real treasure all around us quietly gazing down.

  15. Pixter007 [deleted] 63 months ago | reply

    Wow, such clean captures. Nicely done.

  16. peter pirker 52 months ago | reply

    Wow unbelievable

  17. Tasukete 52 months ago | reply

    Unbelievable. It looks unreal.

  18. Alberto Carrozzo 50 months ago | reply

    amazing shoot... i love high exp photo, if you like mine please comment this
    starlight in the night!
    Thank you and see you soon!

  19. torwesterlund 50 months ago | reply

    Lovely, the vastness of space really shows in this one :)

  20. Michael Rammell 47 months ago | reply

    Wow!! Simply wow!!

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