Meteor rain over Muran Plateau

25. April 2020

Standing near a beautiful coniferous tree, fascinated by many meteors burning out in atmosphere and enjoying the dark sky at the Muran Plateau for all night long. It sounds like a dream and it was a dreamy night indeed! Meteors are coming from each sides. Lyrids from the Lyra constellation with its brigtest star Vega, α-Scorpiids from the Scorpius constellation and its brightest star Antares and at last, θ-Virginids from the Virgo constellation with the brigthest star Spica. Then a bright, spectacular bolide lit the night sky with its length 82°13′. There was an ionization trail even an hour after the bolide appeared – at the time of shooting the panorama. What a fantastic night! The meteors were being captured for three nights at the same place and stacked to the panorama.

Such a beautiful thing to look up the night sky and spot the “shooting star”. I believed that I would catch some bright ones during Lyrids meteor shower, but I didn’t expect that I would see the bright bolide almost over half of the sky. I was lucky, cause I got the meteor on my camera and widefield lens. But the true luck was that I got the same meteor on the second camera sensing the Cygnus constellation and its nebulas. Well, as they say, fortune favors the prepared. I made this picture stacking the 5 images of this event together.

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