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The Falling Angel (Meteorite) and the Spinning Top.

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** FYI, Meteorite shower coming this week **


About the Orionid Meteor Shower


The peak for the 2009 Orionid meteor shower is set for Wednesday morning, October 21st. Sixty or more meteors per hour are expected to be the highs for the event, but you never know how many you'll see from hour to hour?


The meteors from the Orionids come when Earth passes through the "trail" of dusty debris from comet Halley, or Halley’s Comet.


The material from Halley is hurled out dust and other particles from the comet when it gets close to the Sun and its heat evaporates some of the comet’s nucleus.




WOW, what an experience!!


Matt and I headed out to shoot the night sky, something we've both done a few times, but this night was different. Let me explain.


Firstly, we were standing around waiting for our in camera NR to finish when we heard some weird sounds coming from the water, what the?


There we were, wondering what this noise was, as it became louder and closer, and then, so close it was uncanny, shine the torch Matt! I said. The torch beam lit up the water and revealed a huge flock of Pelicans moving together, in a tight formation across the water, very surreal and spooky.


Then................. later that night, while heading back to the cameras, at a different location, we saw a bright meteorite fall from the sky, and better still, it was in the sky I was shooting! I had been exposing for 20 minutes or so, so I let the tail burn out and was hoping the camera would see it, and it did.


Such a surrea night, I've never seen a meteorite before, so it was a wicked experience, and to have captured it, well, I'm very happy.


"Fallen Angel" was the tenth episode of the first season of The X-Files science-fiction television series created by Chris Carter. It is based around alien abduction.




- Canon 50D.

- ISO 200, f5.6, 25 minutes.

- Sigma 10-20mm lens, 10mm.

- Tripod.

- In Camera, NR set to on.




- Noise Reduction

- Exposure


About Meteorites


A meteorite is a natural object originating in outer space that survives an impact with the Earth's surface. Most meteorites derive from small astronomical objects called meteoroids, but they are also sometimes produced by impacts of asteroids. When it enters the atmosphere, impact pressure causes the body to heat up and emit light, thus forming a fireball, also known as a meteor or shooting star. The term bolide refers to either an extraterrestrial body that collides with the Earth, or to an exceptionally bright, fireball-like meteor regardless of whether it ultimately impacts the surface.


More generally, a meteorite on the surface of any celestial body is a natural object that has come from elsewhere in space. Meteorites have been found on the Moon and Mars.


Meteorites that are recovered after being observed as they transited the atmosphere or impacted the Earth are called falls. All other meteorites are known as finds. As of mid-2006, there are approximately 1,050 witnessed falls having specimens in the world's collections. In contrast, there are over 31,000 well-documented meteorite finds.


Meteorites have traditionally been divided into three broad categories: stony meteorites are rocks, mainly composed of silicate minerals; iron meteorites are largely composed of metallic iron-nickel; and, stony-iron meteorites contain large amounts of both metallic and rocky material. Modern classification schemes divide meteorites into groups according to their structure, chemical and isotopic composition and mineralogy. See meteorites classification.

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Taken on October 17, 2009