How To Photograph The Perseid Meteor Shower

How would you like to capture a Perseid meteor with your camera this weekend? It’s not hard to do. For the best photos you’ll need a digital SLR camera like a Canon Rebel or Nikon D5500, but even a cell phone is up the job when outfitted with an app like NightCap Camera ($1.99) for iPhone.…
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Perseid Meteor Shower Kicks Into High Gear This Weekend

It’s time for the Perseids again! This has to be the most fun shower of the year. The sky is often clear, weather pleasant and nobody worries too much about staying up late. You’ve probably already seen a smattering of shower meteors this week, but the peak night will be Sunday (Aug. 12-13) when up…
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Perseid Meteor Shower Trickle Will Soon Become A Torrent

In the past few days several people have mentioned they’ve been seeing more meteors than usual. Late July through mid-August is always one of the best times of years to spot a meteor without even trying. Several different showers overlap from mid-July through mid-August, the reason for the uptick. Three meteor showers are currently active:…
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Celebrate Earth Day With The Lyrid Meteor Shower

Want to get an early start on Earth Day celebrations? Set your alarm for 3 a.m. tomorrow morning and spend an hour watching the annual Lyrid meteor shower. I’ll be out there — as long as the forecast holds. The moon sets around 1 a.m., so you can begin watching any time after. The closer to…
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Hunters Recover First Meteorites From Michigan Fireball

On Jan. 16 around 8:10 p.m. local time, a brilliant, green fireball sliced across the skies of southern Michigan near Ann Arbor. Many eyewitnesses said it looked as bright as a full moon. The American Meteor Society, a clearinghouse for meteor sightings, has received about 640 reports so far from people who saw the object…
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