Saturday, May 24, 2014

Camelopardalids Meteor Fireball with Smoke Trail Animated GIF

Camelopardalids meteor with smoke trail
Camelopardalids meteor with smoke trail - Click to enlarge!
10 frames each at ISO 800, 18mm, f/5.6, 15 sec
Canon T5i
Camelopardalids meteor
Camelopardalids meteor - single frame same as above

Same thing with the brightness turned up a bit... Click to enlarge!

Camelopardalids smoke trail
Camelopardalids smoke trail - Click to enlarge!
8 frames each at ISO 800, 6.2mm, f/2.7, 15 sec
Canon PowerShot A3100 IS (Point and Shoot)

I took the shots above from my balcony in Brownsburg, Indiana on May 24, 2014 at 12:04am. Each frame is a 15 second exposure (there were only 8 frames from the point and shoot because it has longer processing time). The smoke trail was visible for roughly 2 minutes based on the camera timestamps. I had no idea they stuck around that long!

Images are cropped from their original size. Here is a single frame straight out of the camera (below).

Camelopardalids Meteor canon t5i
Single frame (uncropped) straight from camera
Canon T5i at ISO 800, 18mm, f/5.6, 15 sec


  1. Possibly chunk of mostly ice?

  2. 5 24 1014 Dear Neophyte, Thank you for posting and the link from EarthSky,(that is how I found out about your site)! If, I may make a suggestion, let the folks on EarthSky know when you have beautiful photos. I think the would put them on the site. They are very kind. Be well, keep gazing, and taking the lovely photos! Cordially, Virginia

  3. Hey Eric I got shots of the same meteor with the red smoke ring over Michigan.

  4. Hi Dennis, the link says I don't have permission to view the image