What is going on here?
This image is a blend/composite of 150 images over a period of about 30 minutes a few days before the peak of the Perseid Meteor Shower. It was taken at Porteau Cove in Howe Sound, less than a 30 minute drive from West Vancouver.
A single frame was highlighted as the background, and then blended in were all the “streaks of light” in the sky which is a combination of shooting stars (Perseid Meteors), satellites and aircraft. We often don’t realize just how busy our sky is.
QUESTION: How many meteors, aircraft and satellites are captured in this picture? Are you able to tell the difference between them?
ANSWER: 2 aircraft (red boxes), 8 meteors (green circles), and 12 satellites (yellow ovals).
The spaces in the streaks are due to the interval time between each shot. Each line is a span of 15 seconds so you can actually approximate how long the satellite/aircraft was visible in the sky. Unfortunately, the International Space Station cannot be seen in this photo.
Images: aVision Photography