First of its kind: Camelopardalids Meteor over DH Day

May 24, 2014

Cameleopard Meteor over DH Day Barn

DH Day at Night, photo by Rudy Malmquist

Like many, Rudy stayed up really late to see what the new May Camelopardalids meteor shower would deliver. The answer was “Not a whole lot.” One thing they say is that predictions might have been a bot off and they will put on a show tonight. You can read about the whys and wherefores on EarthSky, but I’d like to make a couple of points.

One is that (as you can see from the photo) the skies last night were jaw-droppingly clear, providing some of the most amazing star gazing in recent memory.

The second (and I think the real payoff) is that those hardy folks who stayed up or dragged themselves out of bed saw an the first act of an event that could take recur for millennia. Having a chance to see the birth of something that operates on a cosmic timescale is pretty darned cool!

View Rudy’s photo of the DH Day Barn in the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore bigger and see more in his slideshow.

More meteors on Michigan in Pictures!

 

 

3 Responses to “First of its kind: Camelopardalids Meteor over DH Day”

  1. lauramacky Says:

    Gorgeous!!! I wanted to try this but I didn’t realize it was happening until a few hours before and I hadn’t thought of where I’d go. Stunning photo.

  2. Lisa Love Says:

    We set the alarm and got up at 3 to sit out in the yard. I saw a total of 3 meteors in about an hour, so I’m glad it wasn’t just us who missed them! We also saw several satellites and the ISS go by.


  3. I’m so grateful you set that alarm! What an amazing photo. I’ve seen many skies over the barn, but none like that.


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