Perseid Meteor Shower Observed from Pian dell'Armà, Italy

October 19, 2023


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Photographer: Paolo Bardelli 
Summary Author: Paolo Bardelli  

In Italy the Perseids Meteor Shower is sometimes referred to as the "Tears of San Lorenzo." They’re known as the "Perseids" because prospectively they seem to come from the constellation of Perseus. In reality the Perseids occur as the Earth annually collides with the myriad dust grains left along the orbit of periodic comet 109/P (Swift-Tuttle).

In this image taken from Pian dell'Armà in northern Italy, we can count 36 light trails obtained from 365 photos taken from midnight until dawn, when the "radiant" was quite high in the northeastern sky. Note that above the light pollution of the Po Valley, a faint green and red airglow can be seen. Photos taken on March 13, 2023.

Photo details: Canon 6D camera; Samyang 14 mm lens; 30 second exposure; 6400 ISO; f/2.8. Processing using PS CC, Sequator (background), and Startrails.

Pian dell'Armà (Pavia, North Italy) Coordinates: 44.1179, -7.9356

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