Weather forecast was poor for Limavady so I drove 90 miles southeast to join the Irish Astronomical Association in Delamont Country Park outside Killyleagh in County Down, near Strangford Lough.
There was quite a crowd – lovely dark site but some traffic though the carpark produced some random lights.
There is a lot of stuff flying around up there! Meteors tend to get brighter then fade or break up and characteristically go from green through to red as they ionize different gases in the atmosphere as they descend. Ive tried to weed out all the satellites and planes but have kept one Iridium flare as an example.
Entering the “ladle” of the big dipper!
In this second image, the upper streak is a Perseid, the lower one is a plane – regular flashing lights!
The brightest Perseid that I could catch.
A Perseid, riding along the Milky Way.
This is not a meteor – its an Iridium Flare – the Iridium satellites (77 planned – atomic number of Iridium = 77) were built to facilitate satellite phone communications and have large highly reflective receiver panels that catch the Sun as the satellite rotates so that you get a spindle-shaped flare that is often brighter than the stars or planets – often mistaken for a meteor – but is all white in colour.