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originally posted by: ratcals
Okay, I put them all together in a time lapse video. They don't seem to be as obvious here as they did on the preview on my camera. I'm not sure why they would look different. Anyway you can see the meteors I caught. Some of them are planes and one of them is a satellite, but there are still a few good meteor shots. If anybody sees something they want to see the original photo of just give me the shot number and I'll post it. Also, I was going to color correct these to help alleviate the light pollution, but I decided against it.
Meteor Time Lapse
originally posted by: enigma51ted
a reply to: Aqualung2012
This is quite common, and taught in Basic Aastronomy, which seems to be sorely lacking in these forums. the 'flash of light', is a streaking meteor....coming straight at you! Human perspective is often very narrow and limiting....like thinking the earth is flat.
originally posted by: DupontDeux
originally posted by: AceWombat04
If we can narrow down a general location, I'll try to point my telescope in the vicinity tonight or whenever it's clear and take a look. (Unless we're speculating that this phenomenon is limited to the meteor shower.)
That would be awesome!
I have marked the spot where I saw it here:
originally posted by: Aqualung2012
I have been observing the meteor shower from Elgin, IL (a suburb of Chicago.) Each night I've noticed something odd in the sky.
What I've seen the past three nights (and twice this evening) was: A flash of light like a star suddenly appearing for a split second then blinking out. Each time this happened, I would glance over to where the flash was and within a second or two, it would flash once more in the same spot... but only once more. Two quick and seemingly stationary flashes just seconds apart, and nothing else.
These were definitely not streaks of light from typical meteors. Even with the considerable light-pollution in my area, I still saw plenty of good meteors streaking across the sky. Just this odd recurrence stuck with me. I saw it tonight around midnight... then once again just a few minutes before I decided to post this thread.
I imagine meteors can appear as a dot rather than a streak, of course... but with such precision, uncanny timing and consistency?
So I ask, is anyone else seeing this?
After a very quick Google search I have found a corroborating article from astronomyguru.com which almost perfectly matches what I saw.
Strange Light Phenomena During Perseid Meteor Shower
By James W. Ashley
(Scroll down for Phenomena 2: "Repeating Point Flash")