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Wednesday, August 14, 2013
As the annual phenomen that is the Perseids meteor shower rained down on Suffolk a photographer with a passion for astronomy was camped out to see the sky lit up with shooting stars.
The peak of the annual astronomical event came monday evening and Jason Alexander, of Rushmere, used an arsenal of weapons to ensure he was in the right place at the right time.
He said: “I use the meteor watch website www.meteorwatch.org which gives details of astronomical events, and dates and times of when the international space station is passing.
“I also follow them on twitter and instant updates on meteors.
“And I use the Sky Walk app on my iPhone. The great thing about that is you can hold it to the sky and it will help you identify the constellations. it also shows you where satellites are and the icon moves in real time so you can spot them.”
The 42-year-old, who designs wildlife camera systems, has also spent a lot of time honing his photography skills, and advises amateur astronomers to practice with their equipment before a rare event to ensure they shoot the best possible photos.
Jason added:“It’s amazing how much beauty we miss in the night skies above us. Find dark skies with little or no light pollution and you’ll be amazed how many stars you see.
“In town, there is too much light, so I went camping in the wilds of Wickham Market and got a much better view. I could see so much more.”
Jason shared his photos via our user-led www.iwitness24.co.uk website. If you captured the skies lit up by the meteor shower, send us your photos.
For more details, visit Jason’s website www.wildlifegadgetman.com