Kenneth Brandon from southern California filmed a surprising time-lapse of the well-known Perseid meteor shower that has to be seen to be believed.
The beginner astronomer shot round two hours of footage overlooking Mammoth Mountain, California, and condensed it down to 4 minutes.
Posting the video on August 16, the peak of the meteor show, he mentioned: “I was so excited to capture the first one, and I couldn’t believe I captured over 65 meteors.”
Brandon works as a director of engineering, however turns to astronomy on nights and weekends; his devoted astronomy YouTube channel has greater than 30,000 subscribers.
He mentioned: “To get videos of meteors it is extremely difficult and takes specialised equipment with very sensitive sensors. Most cameras have sensors that can go up to 3,200 or even 6,400 ISO [International Organisation for Standards]. The footage I captured was shot at 256,000 ISO.”
The annual Perseid meteor shower is brought on by particles falling from the tail of Comet Swift-Tuttle and burning up when it comes into contact with the Earth’s ambiance.
The meteors are known as Perseids as a result of they appear to dart out of the constellation Perseus.
Brandon mentioned: “This year’s shower was better than usual because the peak was next to a new moon allowing for darker skies.”
In 2018, the Perseid meteor shower is seen from July 17 to August 24.
Brandon gave recommendation to budding photographers trying to seize the celestial occasion subsequent 12 months, saying: “I’d start with long exposures of the night sky. There are lots of tutorials on YouTube on how to start.”