Two Meteors, Milky Way and Mountains
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Colorado CR 69/ CR 96
Westcliffe in South-Central Colorado is one of only a few designated "Dark Skies" locations on our planet and photographers flock from far away to this sanctuary for unpolluted night skies. But - beside the restrictions due to Corona-Virus - last nights peak of the Lyrid meteor shower was almost a total bust for the lensmen: The skies were blocked by the clouds nearly the entire night, even a bit of hail and snow early on. Then again, sometimes you just have to wait. And see. I had been up pretty much all night for the "main event", only to look at cloudy skies devoid of any stars and I was more than once ready to give up. Then, totally unexpected at that point, at four a.m. this morning the clouds to the South suddenly opened up - and I got my shots! The Lyrid Meteor shower is usually not known for a great number of shooting stars (about 15 max. per hour during peak) but I actually even nailed two meteors in the same frame. The reward for hanging in there.