Meteor showers are an excuse to find somewhere dark, lay back, and spend time contemplating the cosmos. While the Camelopardalids fizzled, even a single meteor streaking over the dark skies of Joshua Tree National Park is spectacular.

While the radio signature of atmospheric ionization from the Camelopardalids was neat, I am totally happy for some visible-light images of the meteor shower. Gavin Heffernan of Sunchaser Pictures managed some beautiful photographs of the meteor shower from Joshua Tree Park.

A handful of meteors cross against the star trails in a long-exposure photograph.

A few meteors trace against a quiet sky.

The Milky Way highlights a Joshua Tree.

A meteor dashes across the sky behind a spiky Joshua Tree.

Star trails trace circles around the sky in a long-exposure photograph. A star trail covers 15 degrees per hour.


Heffernan also pulled together a timelapse sequence that captures the largest meteor strike:

Now I'm just left wishing I could find a dark sky park to visit. If you're ever visiting Joshua Tree National Park, I love their book on geology within the park.