Mike's Astro Photos
Feb.02 2010

Big Moon Meteor

by , under Comets & Meteors

The full moon on January 30th, 2010 was the biggest and brightest it will be all year according to space.com. The moon travels in an elliptical orbit around the Earth and it is closer at some times than others. About 2 times a year this closeness coincides with a full moon and that’s what happened Saturday night. Despite the extra big full moon I tried doing some meteor photography Sunday night. I actually caught a couple. You can see in this picture the moon is huge. Part of this is due to the 25 second exposure, but even still, that’s a big moon.

Big Moon Meteor - January 31st, 2010

Big Moon Meteor - January 31st, 2010

here’s a closeup of just the meteor. I’m surprised it was even visible with the light from the moon.

Big Moon Meteor - January 31st, 2010

Big Moon Meteor - January 31st, 2010


1 Comment for this entry

  • Kristan Kanyuch

    Hey Mike,
    Kristan here, formerly from Travis and Kristan. Just stopped by to see how your meteorite explorations were going and I have to tell you your photo’s keep getting better. Looks like as of January you were still chasing that Mason Dixon meteor. I can’t wait until the day that I stop by your site and you say that you’ve finally found a piece of it. I hope you don’t give up.
    Hope your family is doing well and life is good.

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