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Draconid Meteor Shower

A meteor shower is a celestial event in which a number of meteors are observed to radiate from one point in the night sky.  Over the last couple nights, the Draconid Meteors rained down on Earth, sparking in upwards of 1000 meteors per hour.  According to, an outburst of over 1,000 meteors per hour, which was detected by the Canadian Meteor Orbit Radar (CMOR).

I sat outside after sunset and set up my Nikon D7000 on a tripod and waited for the meteors (waiting being the operative word).  I thought with a 1000 meteors an hour, I was sure to see at least one of them.  According to sources, the meteors were very dim so I did not observe any with my own eyes on the 7th but my camera lens did!  As I was reviewing my images from the couple hours I spent outside, I caught a glimpse of a meteor that I caught on film.  I went out again on the 8th of October and saw 5 visible meteors in an hour and a half and that was good enough for me.  It was nice to spend some time outside admiring the wonders of the Universe hoping to get a glimpse of the elusive Draconid meteors.

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