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Some loveliness appropriate to the time of year with a Kansas feel. The arcs are star-trails from a camera left on for three hours - you can feel the spin of the Earth. And those little green streaks? Firefly butts!


Click the image to see the APOD story.

And this Friday night (late) is the peak of the Perseid meteor shower:


Click the image to see the NASA story.

The only drawback this year is that we'll have a lot of Moon during the time the meteors are streaking through our atmosphere, so you'll only be able to see the brightest ones. Still, if you're looking for an excuse to camp beneath the stars this Friday night, there you go.

Chris

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normalcyispasse
Aug. 10th, 2011 07:24 pm (UTC)
I will admit that I miss fireflies.
mckitterick
Aug. 11th, 2011 04:51 pm (UTC)
The boiling-hot and dry summer kept their numbers really small this year, so it was so nice to see that shot.
sf_reader
Aug. 11th, 2011 12:25 pm (UTC)
Love that first shot!
mckitterick
Aug. 11th, 2011 04:51 pm (UTC)
And to think the reason it exists is that the photographer fell asleep while shooting. What a wonderful accident, huh?
frugurl27
Aug. 11th, 2011 01:43 pm (UTC)
I am totally loving that first picture.
mckitterick
Aug. 11th, 2011 04:52 pm (UTC)
I love it!
siro_gravity
Aug. 11th, 2011 05:24 pm (UTC)
omgggggggggggg!!! i LOVE the firefly butts!!!!!!
mckitterick
Aug. 11th, 2011 07:26 pm (UTC)
There's little as magical in the world as a dark hillside illuminated by the little greenish streaks their butts make through the air.
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