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.
She blended 19 individual shots into this composite image, which she shared with CNN iReport. Using the Ursa Major constellation as a reference point, Arpasova says she tried to rotate the images so as to imitate the Earth’s movement.
“It was an amazing show, and I know many people could not watch it, due to bad weather, or because they are in Southern hemisphere, or maybe because they didn’t find out about it until later,” Arpasova says. “I wanted to share this spectacle with as many people out there as possible.”
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