Interesting Photo of the Day: Meteor Shower

Looking like a cosmic fireworks show, today’s featured photo captures the annual Perseid meteor shower from a vantage point of Wyoming’s Snowy Range. The image you see below is actually a composite of 23 photos taken over seven hours, from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.:

meteor shower over mountains

“Snowy Range Perseids” by David Kingham (Via Imgur. Click image to see full size.)

Photographer David Kingham, who created the composition with the help of a Nikon D700, shared some behind-the-scenes details about the image on his Flickr account:

“I went out to Snowy Range in Wyoming in search of dark skies for the Perseid meteor shower. I wanted something special for the foreground and I knew the Snowies faced in the perfect direction to get this shot….I had to change my battery every 2 hours which made for a long night. The moon rose around 1am to light up the mountain range. This is a composite of 23 images, 22 for the meteors/stars and 1 taken at sunrise for the foreground which was lightly blended in. I also corrected the orientation of the meteors to account for the rotation of the earth (this took forever!)”

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