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   Carruthers  Thursday Aug 14 04:30 PM

August 14th, 2014: Comet Swift-Tuttle.



Quote:
Timelapse photography shows the Swift-Tuttle comet over Kent skies yesterday.

Robert Canis took more than 300 shots between 1AM and 3AM.



xoxoxoBruce  Thursday Aug 14 10:19 PM

How do we know that wasn't flashlight on a Quadcopter?
And some of those pixels look suspicious.
Supposed to be 1 to 3 AM but it's daylight.


Seriously Sir, you found a good one, that's cool. And it's not just a lucky snapshot, so nobody can grouse he was just in the right spot at the right time. He put a lot of work into that and the results are quite spectacular.



SPUCK  Friday Aug 15 06:19 AM

300 shots. Must've tired out his finger.



Carruthers  Friday Aug 15 06:31 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by xoxoxoBruce View Post
Supposed to be 1 to 3 AM but it's daylight.
Much of the UK has had cloudless nights recently and of course we've had the 'Super Moon' as well.
I know next to nothing about photography, so that is supposition on my part, but it's as good a theory as I can come up with.


Gravdigr  Friday Aug 15 08:52 AM

Look at the length of the star trails near the horizon. That's a loooong exposure. At least 15 minutes, maybe 30. How did he get 300 long exposure shots between 1-3am?

Maybe just the one long exposure shot of the comet/stars, and stack the others?



glatt  Friday Aug 15 09:14 AM

The comet part was a much shorter exposure, or it would be making a long curved trail too, parallel with the star trails. Comets are basically fixed points in the sky like stars, not to be confused with meteors, which are fast.

Edit: And those star trails look about 3 hours long to me.



Spexxvet  Friday Aug 15 11:07 AM

I got all excited, until I found out that Swift-Tuttle came through in 1992 and has a 133 year orbit. That's an old pic



xoxoxoBruce  Friday Aug 15 11:14 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Carruthers View Post
I know next to nothing about photography, so that is supposition on my part, but it's as good a theory as I can come up with.
I was kidding, but if you're interested...
During the time the shutter is open, incoming light is accumulating. So a long exposure or a bunch of short ones will add up to bright as day.


Carruthers  Friday Aug 15 01:31 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Spexxvet View Post
I got all excited, until I found out that Swift-Tuttle came through in 1992 and has a 133 year orbit. That's an old pic
I had to do a bit of digging, but there would seem to be some veracity in this account:

Quote:
Perseid Meteor Shower, As the darkness set in last night, star gazers throughout the world looked up at the sky in the hopes of catching a glimpse the spectacular Perseid meteor shower.

Despite patches of cloud cover and a bright supermoon, the shower provided some stunning views as it lit up the skies with streaks of up to 100 shooting stars per hour.

The annual shower occurs every August and is caused by debris from the huge Swift-Tuttle comet falling into the Earth’s atmosphere.

Matthew Power, a British photographer, was able to capture the first pictures of the Perseid meteor shower which reached a peak early this morning.

Mr Power managed to get a good view of the display at Grafham in Cambridgeshire at about 2.30BST this morning.

‘The conditions weren’t great, but I’m absolutely thrilled I managed to see the meteor shower and get a picture,’ Mr Power said. ‘The moon was still very bright which made it hard.’

Dr Bill Cooke from Nasa’s Meteoroid Environment Office has described Perseids is the undisputed ‘fireball champion’ of meteor showers.

‘We see more fireballs from Swift-Tuttle than any other parent comet,’ he said.


The Perseids, which peak during mid-August, are considered to be the best meteor shower of the year.

With very fast and bright meteors, Perseids frequently leave long ‘wakes’ of light and colour behind them as they streak through the Earth’s atmosphere.

The Perseids are one of the most plentiful showers (50-100 meteors seen per hour) and occurs with warm summer nighttime weather, allowing sky watchers to easily view the shower. Perseids are also known for their fireballs. Fireballs are larger explosions of light and colour that can persist longer

Another image shows a meteor streak over the sky during the Perseid meteor shower at the Maculje archaeological site near Novi Travnik in central Bosnia on August 12, 2014.

Meanwhile Photographer Robert Canis from Kent was up early photographing between the hours of 1am and 4am BST taking 300 photos in a time lapse

The result was an image that showed the comet, with a blue trail which appeared at 2.54am BST with other star trails circling the North Star caused by Earth’s rotation.


For those who missed the display last night, there is a chance to catch it again tonight in Britain, Europe or North America.
http://kpisp.net/perseid-meteor-shower-2.html

There's several more excellent photos here:

Daily Mail


glatt  Friday Aug 15 01:42 PM

Ah, a news reporter who doesn't know the difference between a comet and a meteor. Probably an english major.



xoxoxoBruce  Friday Aug 15 03:37 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by xoxoxoBruce View Post
I was kidding, but if you're interested...
During the time the shutter is open, incoming light is accumulating. So a long exposure or a bunch of short ones will add up to bright as day.
Here's a ten minute night exposure in Norway, with an overcast sky blocking most of the moonlight.



BigV  Friday Aug 15 05:49 PM

nice picture xoB. I find the shadow of the bridge interesting. I don't think I'd be able to see that otherwise.



Diaphone Jim  Friday Aug 15 08:16 PM

Is that not a meteor from the Swift-Tuttle Comet?
A time lapse photograph showing the circumpolar star tracks with a brief, bright meteorite, perhaps a fire-ball, passing through.

And the "shadow of the bridge" in the neat picture of the switchbacks.
Uh, where exactly is it?



xoxoxoBruce  Friday Aug 15 08:20 PM

Only know it was tagged Norway, but there can't be that many road configurations like that.


After looking at the Norway map a little while, I'd like to retract that statement.



Diaphone Jim  Saturday Aug 16 12:31 PM

Oops.
I didn't mean where the picture was taken, but where in the picture is a "shadow of a bridge."



xoxoxoBruce  Saturday Aug 16 12:45 PM

I think V is referring to here and here...



Carruthers  Saturday Aug 16 12:56 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by xoxoxoBruce View Post
Only know it was tagged Norway, but there can't be that many road configurations like that.


After looking at the Norway map a little while, I'd like to retract that statement.
FWIW, it would appear to be Trollstigen.

Street View, Trollstigen, Norway.

BTW, thanks for the tech explanation, Bruce.


xoxoxoBruce  Saturday Aug 16 01:42 PM

How in hell did you find that? I spent about 15 minutes looking at Google maps and got cross eyed.

At first I was mimicking reader comments I see all the time claiming they know every cool picture is really a photoshop because of some dumb ass reasons.
When you responded I didn't know if you were pulling my leg or not, so I threw in the explanation to see how it played out. Besides, there might be some reader who will be edumacated by reading it.



Carruthers  Saturday Aug 16 02:58 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by xoxoxoBruce View Post
How in hell did you find that? I spent about 15 minutes looking at Google maps and got cross eyed.

At first I was mimicking reader comments I see all the time claiming they know every cool picture is really a photoshop because of some dumb ass reasons.
When you responded I didn't know if you were pulling my leg or not, so I threw in the explanation to see how it played out. Besides, there might be some reader who will be edumacated by reading it.
I saved the image and dragged it into Google Image Search. It came back with a number of hits, including several accompanied by Cyrillic text.
Chose one with the place name in the top RH corner.

We aim to please!

Google Image Search

Attachment 48880


xoxoxoBruce  Saturday Aug 16 05:30 PM

I did that first, searching with the image posted, and came up with only Russian sites.
I even Google translated the sites looking for a clue, but all the pictures looked the same. I didn't see any with a name.
You, Sir, are a champion sleuth.

edit~ Went to your link. Google didn't give me any of those sites with lightened images, when I searched.
Maybe the Google serving Brits is better.



Carruthers  Saturday Aug 16 05:40 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by xoxoxoBruce View Post
edit~ Went to your link. Google didn't give me any of those sites with lightened images, when I searched.
Maybe the Google serving Brits is better.
Another of life's little mysteries!


xoxoxoBruce  Saturday Aug 16 06:33 PM

Or maybe.. you have connections to old comrades in Putin's playground.



Diaphone Jim  Saturday Aug 16 08:45 PM

I still do not see any bridge shadows, but can easily live with that hole in my life.
The photos are obviously of the same place, but not so obviously different pictures.



xoxoxoBruce  Saturday Aug 16 10:56 PM

Taking the original photo and lightening it up in photoshop...



it doesn't look like the others, although someone with skills could probably do it. I think it was a series of pictures taken from the same spot, same camera, and likely same progressing day.

That's all guesses but thanks to Carruthers we know for sure where.



Carruthers  Sunday Aug 17 03:30 AM

I've just realised that I didn't make myself quite as clear as I should have done in my earlier post.

I found the image in post #19 in the third site listed in my Google Image search results here: Link.

It's the first image in the top row.

Sorry about that everyone.



xoxoxoBruce  Sunday Aug 17 05:36 AM

No, I understood that part, just trying to figure out why Google likes you best.



Griff  Sunday Aug 17 07:03 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by xoxoxoBruce View Post
Maybe the Google serving Brits is better.
Explanations:
Google knows what you need.
The NSA.
Norwegian fear of 'Merica
UFO crash site
Problem occurring between keyboard and chair.


Gravdigr  Sunday Aug 17 12:47 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Carruthers View Post
FWIW, it would appear to be Trollstigen.
Trollstigen is very famous amongst the international motorcycling set.


ETA: Also known as The Troll Ladder.


Carruthers  Sunday Aug 17 01:26 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Gravdigr View Post
Trollstigen is very famous amongst the international motorcycling set.


ETA: Also known as The Troll Ladder.
I'm glad I never went through a motorcycling phase.

It looks hair raising enough on four wheels, let alone two.



Commentary is in Norwegian but that's a minor consideration.

There would appear to be several other similar videos on YouTube but I haven't had time to explore.


glatt  Sunday Aug 17 02:29 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Gravdigr View Post
Trollstigen is very famous amongst the international motorcycling set.


ETA: Also known as The Troll Ladder.
That's interesting, because when I saw the picture I thought immediately of the Troll Hunter movie. And that movie doesn't even have any winding mountain road scenes.


xoxoxoBruce  Sunday Aug 17 03:09 PM

Quote:
I'm glad I never went through a motorcycling phase.
It's great, you can travel at legal speeds, getting good mileage, enjoying fresh air & sunshine, and still scare yourself enough to need Depends.


Carruthers  Sunday Aug 17 03:22 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by xoxoxoBruce View Post
It's great, you can travel at legal speeds, getting good mileage, enjoying fresh air & sunshine, and still scare yourself enough to need Depends.
It was attracting the attention of this company that always worried me:

Link


Griff  Sunday Aug 17 03:59 PM

Pete -n- Little Pete saw a very similar road near Myrdola, it may have been a rail bed.



xoxoxoBruce  Sunday Aug 17 04:46 PM

Since Flan is a cruise ship port I assume it's at sea level. Myrdal Station is at 2850ft (867 meters). It takes about an hour by train and I figure it would take me six months on foot looking at those switchbacks.

I suppose while they were doing this Griff was in PA, toting that barge, lifting that bale.



Griff  Sunday Aug 17 05:00 PM

I'm thinking bike down that road.



xoxoxoBruce  Sunday Aug 17 05:43 PM

Norway is a first world, hippy-green kind of country, so they should let you take your bike up on the train and cycle back.

Also, Ta Dah (French horns) there's the Rallarvegan, "The Roof of Norway" Kind of an Appalachian Trail for bikes.

Rallarvegen - the Navvies' road
The season usually starts in mid-July and continues to the end of September.
If you want to cycle the Rallarvegen road before mid-July, you should investigate cycling and weather conditions in advance.
The nature and terrain in the mountains is vulnerable so please show due consideration.
Take your litter with you and use the WC facilities at the refreshment and accommodation sites.
Remember other cyclists are following behind you.
Remember that you are travelling high up in the mountains where weather conditions can change in a second.
Bringing the correct clothing is vital.
In the early part of the season, you could be cycling through snowdrifts, so waterproof footwear is essential.



Griff  Monday Aug 18 08:43 AM

Nice!



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