Michael Menefee

2012's Orionid Meteor Shower Meets Zodiacal Light

This image features Orionid meteors (9 inc. here) and zodiacal light. If you are not familiar with zodiacal light/false dawn, it's from sunlight reflecting off dust grains that move in outer space, creating an eerie triangular shaped diffuse glow in the night sky. The glow seen here occurred before the beginning of morning twilight. Get tips on viewing zodiacal light yourself here:

http://earthsky.org/astronomy-essentials/look-for-the-zodiacal-light-or-false-dawn

This was taken in the foothills west of Fort Collins (Cherokee) and shows off diagnostic light pollution in addition to zodiacal light.

Image Notes: 476 consecutive 28 second, f/3.2, 14 mm, ISO 2500 exposures taken. Nine with meteors were used here for a composite image achieved via lightness blending methods.

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