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New England Photographer Captures Meteor And Milky Way In One Photo From Plane Window

by : Cameron Frew on : 14 Apr 2020 16:00
Meteor Milky WayMeteor Milky WayEric Wagner Nature Photography

A New England photographer captured an astronomically wondrous image of a meteor shooting through the sky with a Milky Way backdrop. 

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Anyone who’s been on a plane has done it, you whip out your phone at the wing-side window and take a photo soaring above the clouds. It’s part-and-parcel of going on holiday.

However, not everyone captures the sky aboard an aircraft with the same majesty as Eric Wagner – an amateur photographer ‘specialising in wildlife, astrophotography and landscapes’.

Meteor Milky WayMeteor Milky WayEric Wagner Nature Photography

While flying from Singapore to Australia back in September last year, Eric did his best to get a seat facing the Milky Way in a bid to capture the photo he’d been chasing for a while. ‘Sometimes it works sometimes it doesn’t. I recently flew and the entire time we chased sunset and it was never dark enough to capture the Milky Way,’ he wrote on Instagram.

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However, this time was different. Equipped with his Canon 5D4, he set up his tripod and started shooting. In a single 10-second exposure image, he managed to bag the shot of a lifetime, capturing not only the Milky Way but also a bolide meteor (even confirmed by NASA).

‘I was treated to a magnificent sight though as I shot. I’ll let the photo speak for itself. The stars could have been a little sharper as there was slightly bouncing during the shot but overall I just love the shot,’ he wrote.

Upon uploading the incredible snap, some sceptics aired their Photoshop accusations – but Eric is rightly steadfast.

In a separate post, he wrote: ‘We have the 1% (or probably less) who think it’s faked or Photoshopped or don’t understand how I could shoot 10 seconds without getting trailing stars from a plane… the forward movement doesn’t impact star trails but turbulence and up and down movement does.’

Whenever I book my next flight, I’ll have one request only: a seat facing the Milky Way.

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Cameron Frew

After graduating from Glasgow Caledonian University with an NCTJ and BCTJ-accredited Multimedia Journalism degree, Cameron ventured into the world of print journalism at The National, while also working as a freelance film journalist on the side, becoming an accredited Rotten Tomatoes critic in the process. He's now left his Scottish homelands and took up residence at UNILAD as a journalist.

Topics: Life, Astronomy, meteor, Milky Way, Photography, Technology