To say we’re excited about this upcoming wonder of the earth is a serious understatement. More specifically, the 2019 Perseid meteor shower will be gracing the skies of B.C. and Alberta and we want you to have the best view possible.\nFirst and foremost, we’ll give you the scoop on what this epic meteor shower is all about. For starters, the epic Perseid meteor shower comes around every year in August. It happens when the Earth enters into the wake of the Swift-Tuttle comet.\nThis year, the shower will peak on the night of Monday, Aug. 12, according to a report released by NASA. Though NASA refers to the Perseid meteor shower as one of the best of the year, they explain that this year’s shower “has the unfortunate circumstance of having a full Moon right at the shower peak, reducing the meteor rates from over 60 per hour down to 15-20 per hour.”\nView this post on Instagram Eternity Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming __________ I’m starting off the new year on Instagram with my most favorite photo from last year, but completely re-edited from scratch. After posting my original version of this image, I got negative feedback from quite a few sources, and honestly the feedback was completely warranted & I was deserving of it. The original version of my “Eternity” image featured asteroids that were going in different directions & also were edited to have glowing heads on them, neither of which were accurate, natural or rightful of me. I also admittedly did a poor job of the exposure blend between night and day - I wasn’t proud of this. My initial reaction to the feedback was being hurt, but then I realized that the feedback was accurate and I could’ve done a much better job on the image. I ended up seeing the value of all the negative feedback - I’m glad that people were honest and upfront with me. .. So now for the backstory on this image to help you all understand how this was created and why I chose to make certain decisions. The composite* image you see here is composed of 10 exposures total: 1 exposure of the landscape, 3 exposures of shooting stars, and a 6 exposure vertical panorama of the night sky. So why did I composite this image you may ask? I typically prefer to create composites of my Milky Way images for two reasons: 1) because I prefer to use a star tracker to achieve maximum quality & enhanced detail of the sky which in turn makes it completely necessary to composite the exposures, and 2) because I want to capture as much detail in a landscape to make out all of the features & take advantage of ambient lighting. The asteroid exposures were taken over the course of the night. The size nor direction of the meteors were changed, but I did have to place them into the frame by hand since I was not using a tracker to capture them. .. I understand that purists and true naturalists will likely not be fond of this image, and I understand that it cannot be portrayed as “natural”, but I hope that people can at least understand & appreciate the work and effort that went into the creation of it. A post shared by Ross Thompson (@rossthompson.photo) on Jan 7, 2019 at 5:55pm PST\nThough the shower will be smaller than years past, it’s still a total must-see. A shower is a shower, right? What's a few less meters between friends?\n“The Perseids are rich in bright meteors and fireballs, so it will still be worth going out in the early morning to catch some of nature’s fireworks,” said NASA.\nView this post on Instagram Milky way and perseid meteor over Blaundus ancient city. 🌌☄️ Bu sezon çektiğim yüzlerce fotoğraf içerisinde atmosferden girişi sırasında yakaladığım en büyük meteor bu güzel manzaraya denk gelmişti. #milkyway #milkywaychasers #perseidmeteorshower A post shared by Süleyman Akgüneş (@suleymanvisuals) on Nov 27, 2018 at 10:11am PST\nYou’re probably wondering how to feast your eyes on “nature’s fireworks.” Not to worry, We’ve got the answers. First, you must ask yourself, are you an early bird or a night owl? Because you’re going to need to plan to wake up early or stay up late, so suit yourself. “The Perseids are best seen between about 2 a.m. your local time and dawn,” NASA explained.\nMake plans to hit those dark hours on the nights of Aug. 11 to 12 and Aug. 12 to 13. As for your viewing window, you’ll have about an hour of dark sky after 3 a.m. on Aug. 11 and only a few minutes of pure darkness on the night of Aug. 12. Though the window is smaller on the second night, it’s worth it because that’s when the shower is at its peak.\nIf you can’t keep your eyes open into the wee hours of the morning, you’re not alone. If you head out after 9 p.m. once darkness falls, you should be able to see Perseids, just not to the extent that you could if you stuck it out longer.\nIf weather isn’t optimal, you can view a live broadcast of the meteor shower on the NASA Meteor Watch Facebook starting at 8 p.m. EST. “Meteor videos recorded by the NASA All Sky Fireball Network are also available each morning; to identify Perseids in these videos, look for events labeled ‘PER,’” said NASA.\nView this post on Instagram I can't wait to watch the #perseidmeteorshower from my new home in #louisiana ! #moonchild #perseids #meteorshower #moon #luna #selene #selenophile #selenemaris #stars #celestial A post shared by Selene Maris (@selenemaris) on Aug 5, 2019 at 9:17pm PDT\nThe Perseids meteor shower is best viewed away from lights and clouds (if possible). All you need to do is lay on your back, open your eyes, and look up! NASA explains that telescopes and binoculars are not recommended. The meteors can be seen all over the sky, so don’t you worry about which way to look.\nNASA added a PSA "Pro tip: Remember to let your eyes become adjusted to the dark (it takes about 30 minutes) – you’ll see more meteors that way. Try to stay off of your phone too, as looking at devices with bright screens will negatively affect your night vision and hence reduce the number of meteors you see!”\nView this post on Instagram #throwbackthursday" “Perseids 2017 Meteor Radiant Stack at Great Sand Dunes National Park” One of the coolest things we can photograph in the sky are meteors! As of November 2018 there are over 112 meteor showers per year! While this might seem like a lot, about 11 of those are major showers where you'll be able to see between 5-60 meteors per hour. Add the fact that if a meteor shower falls during a strong phase of the moon or cloud cover - we might only see a handful. So even though we can plan on when a shower might happen, plenty of circumstances can prevent us from seeing and capturing them, thus making it still a rare event! @MattHillArt absolutely nailed this shot of the Perseids at Grand Sand Dunes in 2017. Matt took 234 images over 2+ hours resulting in 15 meteors captured atop the tallest dunes in America. Radiant stack created in Photoshop by aligning the layers, rotating and masking in the meteors. Final touch was patience - waiting for moonrise to kiss the dunes and light up the foreground. You can read all about Mat's post processing tips here: https://www.nationalparksatnight.com/blog/2018/2/3/five-questions-meteors-showers-pano-stitching-and-lots-of-gear _______________________________ 📷 - Nikon D750 🔘 - Zeiss 15mm Distagon f/2.8 🎞 - ISO 6400 🔘 - f/2.8 🎞 - 22 seconds x 234 + single exposure at 382 seconds for moonlight at ISO 2000 ______________________________ Supported by #gitzoinspires Traveler 2 Tripod Kit, triggered by #vellogear Shutterboss II, supplies by #yougotobh _______________________________ @greatsanddunesnps #meteor #meteors #astrophotography #perseidmeteorshower #perseid #perseids #ig_nightphotography #ig_longexposure #ig_Lightpainting #light #photographytraining #learnphotography #photographyschool #photographyworkshop #photoeducation #photographyeducation A post shared by National Parks At Night (@nationalparksatnight) on Jul 25, 2019 at 3:30am PDT\nAs for B.C. and Alberta, here are some hot-spots for your viewing pleasure.\nBig White Mountain Ecological Reserve: Kelowna, BCGaribaldi Provincial Park: Whistler, BC\nVermilion Lakes: Banff, AB\nJasper National Park Dark-Sky Preserve: Jasper, AB\nStanley Park: Calgary, AB\nSandy Beach Park: Calgary, AB\nStanley Park, Vancouver, BC\nWreck Beach: Vancouver, BC\nVictoria Park: Edmonton, AB\nSir Wilfrid Laurier Park: Edmonton, AB\nIf you can get to a park or location that doesn't have too many streetlights or city lights, you’re all set. That’s all you need to know! Catch you in the wee hours in a few days.