The Lyrid Meteor shower was relatively active on Monday night with about 50+ meteors seen within the 4 hours of “night” Alaska currently has. Though 2 large fireballs were enjoyed, they were behind & above the camera view. In all I managed to capture 5 smaller ‘shooters’ in different images. The one below was the brightest little zipper the just happened to occur near a subtle auroral glow to the north. The moonless night allowed the northern view of the Milky Way to carpet
If you didn’t get to see the total eclipse of the moon last night…well…it was a magnificent event! The star Spica is to the right! Of course Alaska had an extra nice view…with a tiny bit of twilight to the N.W., the Milky Way, a touch of Auroral glow & the total eclipse below Mars in the S.E.…what a remarkable arrangement! A weather front, just moving in at the edge of the eclipse, covered the entire sky within an hour of this scene.
The magnificent Alaskan Bald Eagle…at all times the greatest raptor…is blessed with an easy late evening meal! Kids fishing the beach had hooked this Cod & released it…only for it to have otherwise caught the eye of this Eagle. It circled in, sending sea ducks & seagulls scattering in all directions, snagged the Cod & headed to the beach. The powerful bird ate most of it in a very short time but left a few tidbits laying there for a few brave gulls.