The shaking in Bodie continues! When I search the USGS site for earthquakes 1.5 and over, it shows 193 in the past week.
Apparently some windows have broken, some brick buildings have been damaged, so the park has been closed through Sunday so the damage can be assessed and buildings stabilized. The activity could last two months, so there is the possibility of strong aftershocks as well.
This is a composite showing a few of the meteors I found in a southwest-facing sequence of images covering over 3 hours in the Mojave Desert. It takes a while to separate out the individual meteors, so I'll come back to the rest of them as time permits.
For the most part, the Milky Way is likely to be too high overhead to capture more of these types of Milky Way panorama shots this year, but I’m looking forward to next year!
On the other hand, during our Bodie workshops on August 15, October 11, and 12, although the Milky Way will intersect with the horizon in a fairly vertical fashion, on August 15 the bright galactic center doesn’t set until after we leave the park at 1 am.
On October 11 and 12, we should have a good couple of hours of shooting the Milky Way before the galactic center sets. With the earlier fall sunsets before 6:30, we’ll have a lot of additional hours for light painting and star trails as well.
In the past I mainly looked at photos from past years to estimate Milky Way times, but I’m testing an app which represents the orientation of the Milky Way over a map, so photographers can plan their night shoots, noting the rise and set time of the galactic center. I’ll try to get a review out this week on my Blogger blog at www.MyPhotoGuides.com.
The annual Perseid meteor shower is considered to be active from July 13th to August 26th, peaking around the night of August 12-13. The weather and moon phase don't always cooperate to offer great viewing conditions, so it can take time to accumulate enough photos to put together a long time-lapse video.
In 2014 I assembled time-lapse clips from the previous recent years to set to this song "While the Sun Was Sleeping" by Life Audience.