My camera has a 150 minute setting for night skies. it takes an exposure every few seconds for the duration, then stitches them all together for a video. I knew the Leonid Meteor shower had occurred recently, and that most meteors or ‘shooting stars’ come out of the northeast sky.
So I set up my camera around 9:30 PM, and this morning retrieved and viewed the chip on a larger screen. I scanned the video once to see any trails, then began working towards this one until I could pause right on it, full screen. Then screenshot, a bit of editing and here it is.
The Wavy Trail of a Shooting Star – When I first saw how clear it was last night, I went back outside without my camera to see a shooting star, as I often see them once night falls. I first saw a couple of what I call ‘blinkers’, where the meteor head is directly or nearly overhead and the head hits the atmosphere, lights up very briefly, and blinks out.
Then looking to the northeast, about 45 degrees up, I saw a meteor traveling horizontally, producing a wavy trail, like an illuminated snake or dragon. it looked as if the meteor had dipped into the atmosphere on a very shallow trajectory, then curved back out and fell back in several times, skipping along, and creating a long wavy trail of light. It was spectacular.