The waning gibbous moon last night really illuminated the night sky making my efforts to catch the Perseids meteor shower almost impossible. You can see on the right side of the image where the moon is illuminating the smoke from distant forest fires and causing a 'white out'. Rather than give it up altogether I lounged around the back garden on the patio furniture making a star trail and catching what few meteors were visible. There was even a glimpse of aurora on the distant horizon and though I saw about 20 meteors in the 2.5 hours I was outside I only caught 7 on camera, most of which disappeared in the star stacking merge. I still really enjoyed being out there looking up at the stars and expect to be making more of these trails in the winter when the dry clear (smoke free) skies return.
We arrived in Calgary, Canada on 29th December 2011 to continue our journey. This blog is intended to keep our family and friends informed whilst we explore Canada.You can use the RSS feed below to stay updated.
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