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Location of Photo:

38°13'13.2"N 47°43'05.0"E - Samad Gölı lake - Ardabil - Iran

Date/Time of photo:

12 August 2020 - 22:17 (Local Time)


Canon 6D Modified Camera Single exposure 20.2 Megapixel ISO 6400 16-35 @16 mm Canon lens f/2.8 20.00 secs


Our little blue house After 20 km we reached the mountain lake at 3600 m height in a very dark area in nature. Nomads pass sheep through the lake to wash them and be ready for shearing. When the sky went darker, they herded a flock of sheep into the sheepfold and the nomad family fell asleep and lights out. Close to the sky, stars float in the lake and we float in space next door to shiny stars. Our tent, the little blue house is like the Earth in the universe. Two nights camping in a One million stars hotel! We sit together in a tent, stare at the sky and observe the Milky way and stars. Suddenly beside the Jupiter and Saturn planet a bright wavy meteor hit the dark sky in front of our eyes and reflected on the lake surface. Earth passes through a region having a great concentration of debris, the particles left in the orbital path of Comet Swift-Tuttle, ready for the August 2020 Perseid meteor shower. Most of it consists of tiny particles no bigger than a grain of sand, but when they slam into our air at very high speeds, they get hot. This heat is converted into light, and we see the flash of a meteor. The color of a meteor's trail depends on its chemical composition; as a meteor burns up in the atmosphere, elements like Magnesium begin to ionize, producing a colorful glow. This meteor was very bright and left a trail (train) after itself. It’s not smoke! When these particles hit the atmosphere, make intense heat, ionize the gases and atoms being raised to an excited state and when return to ground state emit light. The train phenomenon rarely happens. One of the possible theories about the Zigzag path of this meteor is that meteors sometimes have an aerodynamic shape that can produce some kind of a “lift”. Straightness of the path depends on geometric symmetry and homogeneous composition of meteor.




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