Celestial Fireworks | Robert Horton

Robert Horton
Location of photo
New Mexico
Date/Time of photo
November, 1998
35mm camera, mounted on a tracking platform.
These two images were taken during the wonderful Leonid meteor storm of 1998. The first image captures a brilliant bolide as it explodes in the atmosphere. The flash of the meteor was as bright as the full moon. The second exposure was begun immediately following, capturing the ghostly cloud of debris left over from the meteor. That cloud persisted for over 30 minutes. Both images are 15 minute long exposures, guided using a small equatorial mount.
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