The Perseids Meteor storm – Colchester

The Perseids are a prolific meteor shower that occurs every year around mid July. They have been observed for over 2000 years and were named after the sons of Perseus in Greek Mythology.

It is just one of those things that you hear about in the news but never actually get round to going somewhere away from light pollution and laying down and watching it. So this year I decided to get my arse into gear and do something about it! I messaged some friends, grabbed my camera and we headed down to the Fordham Hall Estate just outside of Colchester.

I have to say, I think it was the most impressive night sky I have seen in England. It was very clear and you could see most of the Milky Way stretching over head. At peak, the storm is supposed to show around 100 meteors an hour. It’s certainly something I am not going to miss again! Here are a few shots:Group shot meteor storm Colchester small This one is my personal favourite, I love how clear the Milky Way is:

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I actually didn’t think I managed to catch a meteor in a photo but looking back through I found a lot of small ones that I couldn’t see on the screen on my camera. Here is the best one, it was taken in the opposite direction to the others and you can see the light pollution is such a different colour

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No idea whats going on in this one!

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