Stars Over Cheltenham

Last night was the big night for observing the annual Perseid meteor shower. With a new moon and clear skies, it promised to be a spectacular show – or at least it was hyped as such. So a bunch of friends and I grabbed our cameras and tripods, and headed about an hour north west of Toronto to the Cheltenham Badlands in the hopes of capturing some falling stars.

We were mostly disappointed. While the skies were clear, there was still quite a bit of light pollution from the neighbouring city centers. I guess you have to head much further from civilization to get a good view. We did see some meteors streaking across the sky especially around 2am but nothing notable captured in images. Oh well, maybe next year! At least we got some shots of the tail end of the Milky Way.

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