Meteor Movies


HandyAvi was used to capture the images.  HandyAvi's meteor dectection and capture mode does a good job of recognizing and capturing meteor trails so that the videos produced are small and contain only meteor trails.  (And, unfortunately, airplane trails. HandyAvi provides editing tools that lets you select frames that you want to keep and discard any airplane trails...)

Movies were created using HandyAvi in its Meteor Trail Images Capture mode.  Camera was Watec Ultimate with .0001 lux sensitivity.

Click on an image below to see the full-size movie...


Geminids - 13/14 Dec 2010
From back yard of my home in Tempe, AZ.
EXCERPT
(2.5 Megabyte .wmv file.)

Geminids - 13/14 Dec 2010
From back yard of my home in Tempe, AZ.
THE WHOLE THING
(20.4 Megabyte .wmv file.)

I also uploaded this file to YouTube.
Might be more convenient to view it there?
Click here for YouTube version.

The resolution on YouTube is not as high though so some of the dimmer meteors might be harder to see...

Geminids - Morning of 14 Dec 2009 from back yard of my home in Tempe, AZ.
(3.5 Megabyte .wmv file.)

The above frame snippet (14 Dec 09 00:35:00.717) shows the break-up of one of the meteors into two parts. Pretty cloudy but many meteors shone through the clouds.

If meteors bore you, look for the cat walking on my roof. (Near lower left corner of the frames beginning at
01:32:01.)

Leonids - Morning of 18 Nov 2011 from back yard of my home in Tempe, AZ.

(10.3 Megabyte .wmv file.)


Leonids - Morning of 18 Nov 2011 from back yard of my home in Tempe, AZ.

(10.3 Megabyte .wmv file.)

Same as previous except this one slowed down to 5 frames per second.


Perseid Meteors Excerpt
12 Aug 2012

I think this was one day before the peak.
From my backyard in Tempe, AZ
Click on the image above to see the full size complete movie. (11 Megabytes)


Perseid Meteors Excerpt
13 Aug 2012
From my backyard in Tempe, AZ


Click on the image above to see the full size complete movie. (11 Megabytes)


Orionids 2012
Morning of 20 Oct
From my backyard in Tempe, AZ

Click on the image above to see the full size complete movie.
(7 Megabytes)


Orionids 2012
Morning of 20 Oct
From my observatory webcam in New Mexico

Click on the image above to see the full size complete movie.
(7 Megabytes)


Orionids 2012 pre-show of peculiar lights on clouds. From my backyard in Tempe, AZ. Facing East.

Click on the image above to see the full size complete movie.
(9 Megabytes)


Perseid Meteor Shower 12-13 Aug 2015
Captured from a remote all-sky camera using HandyAvi and the IPCameraFilter.
Camera integration time of 1 second so meteors appear as streaks rather than real-time video trails.
Click on the image above to see the full size complete movie.
(3 Megabytes)


Perseid Meteor Shower 12-13 Aug 2015
Captured remotely from my video camera at my observatory in New Mexico.
Meteor trails are displayed as they would have been seen had you been there looking at the sky.
Click on the image above to see the full size complete movie. (15 Megabytes)


Perseid Meteor Shower 11-12 Aug 2016
Captured from 4th floor of our balcony in Mesa, AZ using a SuperCircuits camera and HandyAvi. Balcony faces south so camera was unfortunately not pointed at the radiant. Click on the image above to see the full size complete movie. (30 Megabytes)
Or click here for Cell Phone compatible version

   

 

On the night of October 9/10, 1946, I was one month shy of being 4 years old.  The Giacobinid meteor shower put on a spectacular display that year.  We were living in Eugene, Oregon where, at the time, the skies were extremely dark.  It was also totally clear that night, unusual for Eugene in October.  It must have been mentioned on the radio?  Anyway, my father had us go outside to see the meteors.  I remember that he had me chasing about trying to catch one.  My recollection is that they were occurring at a rate of about 3 per second which would be around 10,000 per hour.  I know I didn't have to wait very long for each one I tried to catch.  It is still pretty vivid in my mind. 

The reported peak was at 3:53 UT which would have been 7:53 PM local Eugene time.  My recollection is that it was relatively early in the evening so I assume we were observing during the peak.  After 30 minutes or so the rate diminished and we went back in the house.