Photographer and stargazer Renata Arpasova clenched her tripod in the gusting winds early Wednesday and was rewarded with the sight of 100 meteors charging across her sky in Swindon, England.
She felt “sheer excitement with every single one of them.”
Arpasova shot 420 back-to-back images of the Quadrantid meteor shower between 3 and 7 a.m. armed with a Canon 5DMKII, tripod, remote release and a fisheye lens to cover as much of the sky as possible.
Predatory wolves are helping restore the ecosystem in Yellowstone National Park more than 15 years after their reintroduction to America's oldest national park, researchers report.
The wolves eat elk, which mean the elk aren't eating young trees, and in turn there are more mature trees creating better living conditions for animals from fish to birds to beavers to bears, according to the report from researchers at Oregon State University.
“The wolves have made a major difference in Yellowstone,” Robert Beschta, an Oregon State professor emeritus of forestry and co-author on the study said in a statement.
Wolves historically inhabited the Yellowstone area, but they were considered dangerous predators to livestock and humans and were eliminated from the park by 1926, when the last known wolf in Yellowstone was shot.
Gray wolves were reintroduced to the park in 1995.
Since then, “Yellowstone increasingly looks like a different place,” the study's lead author, Oregon State professor William Ripple, said in a statement.