The picture of Jupiter made that night from Mt. Wilson. You can see the red spot. This is a low resolution shot of the originalTo see the annual meteor shower, 4 conditions have to be met
- The right phase of the moon: new moon vs full moon
- No cloud cover
- No ambient light
- You actually need to be awake. Best time to see them was at 12PST but this translates to 3EST which my body still seems to be on. For example, it is just past 6 am here as I sip my coffee typing on a borrowed computer and all are asleep but I know it is after 9 am in Michigan
I've lived all these years and not seen this display usually because I forget about them. Some years I've tried. So in my long life, I have seen falling stars only on two occasions; once while camping in Manistique in the UP and another sitting on my friend's deck surrounded by her deer.
|On the beach|
|Sunset from the overpass. Santa Monica Mts|
|The Pier from the Palisades|
I am sipping coffee with Ginger at my feet. She is the same age as Spud, 14, but is a big dog. She is interesting looking. She's part German Shepherd giving her size (bigger than Sunny) but looks like a deer with her ears cocked similarly. Or part lion..part hyena. She is buff colored and her fur was shaved off to give her comfort. She moves slowly given her age but makes sure to keep anyone company who is up first.
The man of the house has since returned from the mountain top. I am writing the next day. He took long exposures, 10 minutes, to capture the meteor trails with a camera attached to his telescope. Then he amplified the images by computer in a lengthy process. Looking closely, he found several trails, By his naked eye, he saw 20 the whole night but he does have an amazing picture of Jupiter so detailed you can see the red spot clearly. Also very clear shots of the Milky Way. I will see if these images are shareable or if he can reduce the amount of bytes in them as they are enormous files. They are amazing!