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Home | Lifestyle | Rare Double Meteor Shower captured by WSMR Captain in the desert

Rare Double Meteor Shower captured by WSMR Captain in the desert

In case you missed the double meteor shower display that peaked the night of July 29 and 30, 2019, Capt. Micah Uchida has you covered.

Capt. Uchida captured the striking images around 3 a.m. from the Backcountry Camping Trail at White Sands National Monument in New Mexico, looking west toward nearby White Sands Missile Range.

What he and fellow stargazers witnessed were simultaneous Southern Delta Aquariid and Alpha Capricornid meteors showers.

“It was awesome,” said Uchida, who is the Aide-de-Camp to the Commanding General at WSMR.

“I was up from around 2 and was able to see quite a few meteors. They weren’t as bright as some others that I’ve seen in the past, so I’m not sure how my photos turned out yet,” Uchida said soon after the event and before having an opportunity to review his work.

As clearly seen, they turned out rather well. And for those wondering what camera settings Uchida used, they were:

Milky Way photo settings:
Canon EOS R with Sigma 14-24mm lens at 14mm, 10 second exposure, f2.8, ISO  6400

Sky photo settings:
Canon EOS 6D with Canon 35mm lens at 35mm, 15 second exposure, f2.8, ISO 2500

Meteors from multiple photos are overlaid into one image from a series of photos taken with an intervalometer.

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