Due to covering some emergency overtime at work Saturday night, I was unable to make it out to see the peak of the Perseid’s this year. I was pretty bummed about it, but decided being the “good guy” at work would probably be best. Sunday night was still supposed to be pretty good, so I definitely wasn’t going to miss it.
About 9:45pm I set off down I-70 and found a good spot in between Byers and Bennett. X marks the spot…
The few remaining clouds burned off and I was in pitch dark with the Milky Way overhead. It was perfect! I knew that the Perseus constellation was the direction to look and that it was vaguely North-ish but I wanted to consult my Skyeye app for the specifics. It wasn’t needed. As I tried to pull the app up on my Nex7, a fireball flew across the sky telling me exactly where to look.
Even though there should’ve been more activity the later it got, I found that I saw more meteors from the 11pm-midnight hour. In total I think I saw about 40. They are incredibly tough to photograph and I only caught 2 all night.
The next felt like it went right over head haha!
About 2am I decided it was time to head home. I got one last shot looking back toward Denver and think it’s a good reference to see just how much light pollution it gives off and how much it affects your ability to see stars at night.
I got back on I-70 via Bennett after stopping for a late night Mountain Dew and made my way home. A mile or so down I-70, I noticed about 15-20 emergency vehicles headed the other way, where I had just come from. Then a minute later I noticed a helicopter heading out as well. I knew something bad had happened. I turned on my scanner app on my phone and started listening in to the Highway Patrol feed, and sure enough, a pretty bad wreck happened not far from where I was. I must’ve just missed it by a few minutes. The next day, I saw this news story. It’s pretty scary. It makes me realize that as much as I enjoy driving all over the place to take photo’s, it’s risky business being on the road that much. I trust myself, just not anyone else really.