Perseids and Star Trails Above Meteora, Greece
The prolific Perseids were captured above Meteora, Greece on the night of August 12-13, 2021. A composite photograph of 439 shots of the north-northeasternmost part of the sky.
The Perseids’ radiant point (above-right in this composite shot) is located near the constellation Perseus. The meteor shower is caused by the trail of debris and dust left in space along the orbit of the comet Swift-Tuttle; tiny particles enter the Earth’s atmosphere and burn up, producing bright streaks of light in the sky.
The Meteora rock formations are geologically unique and listed in UNESCO world heritage sites. St. Nicholas (Anapafsás’s) monastery (abbey) is seen in the foreground. A church on its first floor dates from the 14th century. Its main church (katholikon) was built in early 16th century and is famous for its exquisite frescoes painted by Theophanes the Cretan in 1527. The rock formation is 1,375 ft (419 m) high.
As Earth rotated on its axis, the entire cosmos seemed to swirl around Polaris (alpha Ursae Minoris) and also around a foreground of the lofty rocks formed sixty million years ago. The Meteora rock formations are imbued with a sense of Eternity. On the contrary, falling stars represent an Ephemeral element, such as sinful Fall prior to Repentance; they remind us of the bible’s verse:
“…stars shall fall from heaven…”
—Matthew, 24, 29
Canon EOS RP
Sigma 24mm f/1.4 Art
ISO 2500 - f/1.8 - 10 sec × 24 shots
ISO 2500 - f/1.8 - 20 sec × 415 shots