In 2016, India’s night sky was lit up by a bright emerald meteor zipping through the air. Unfortunately, as many meteors do, its speed was too fast for the majority to see. In the blink of an eye, this glowing beauty came just as fast as it went. However, photographer Prasenjeet Yadav happened to be in the right spot at the right time to capture a rare photograph of this shooting star.
Yadav set up his camera to take a timelapse of the night sky without the expectation of snapping this once in a lifetime shot. As the hours of the night continued, he fell asleep only to wake up to find a mesmerizing stream that stood out from the rest.
“I slept next to the camera and it continued taking pictures until dawn. It wasn’t until the next afternoon that I reviewed my images and noticed something unusually bright and green,” Yadav told The Metro.
Using a Nikon D600 and a 24-70mm lens, Yadav took a total of 999 photos. “After checking with a few experts, I learned that it was a green meteorite, and getting it on camera is very rare,” Yadav continues.
This photo made it into the running for National Geographic’s nature photographer of the year competition for 2016. Yadav was not expecting to capture such a rare image let alone make it into the competition. In fact, he even questioned the validity of the photograph at first thinking it was a fluke, according to The Metro.
The fleeting feeling one experiences after witnessing a bright light jump across the sky is immeasurable. Yadav’s opportunity to catch such a spectacle is a gift to skywatchers across the globe.
If you’re looking for more treats in the sky, make sure to look up this week on May 5, 2020, to see the Eta Aquarids peak between 2 AM to 3 AM. Viewers north of the equator can expect to see 10-30 meteors per hour.
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