Astrophoto: Stonehenge, the Milky Way and an Eta Aquarids Meteor

by Nancy Atkinson on May 15, 2013

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A meteor from the Eta Aquarids flashes over the iconic Stonehenge on May 12, 2013. Credit and copyright: Peter Greig.

A meteor from the Eta Aquarids flashes over the iconic Stonehenge on May 12, 2013. Credit and copyright: Peter Greig.

Astrophotographer Peter Greig (St1nkyPete on Flickr) had always wanted to go to Stonehenge in Wiltshire, England, and chose to go there this year for his birthday. It turns out the Universe gave him a little birthday present, with a fabulous clear evening to see the Milky Way shining overhead, along with a few Eta Aquarid meteors flashing in the sky. He captured this amazing shot on May 12. Happy birthday, Peter!

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Daniel Lowe May 15, 2013 at 1:07 PM

Great work! I can’t believe he got completely clear and dark skies in southern England.

Peter Greig May 15, 2013 at 7:47 PM

I cant believe it either! It rained most of the weekend apart from the only night i was able to visit Stonehenge! :)

Onlyjoined Foraccess May 15, 2013 at 1:13 PM

Nice birthday present!

Peter Greig May 15, 2013 at 7:46 PM

The best ever!

Sharon May 15, 2013 at 1:38 PM

I’d be happy with that!

Peter Greig May 15, 2013 at 7:45 PM

Im more than happy! Best Birthday present ever! :0)

Tim Queeney May 15, 2013 at 2:13 PM

What city glow is on the horizon?

Peter Greig May 15, 2013 at 7:45 PM

The light pollution is from the city of Salisbury around 8 miles away! :)

Aqua4U May 15, 2013 at 6:26 PM

Happy birthday Peter! Looks like you were gifted well by the universe… in many ways!

Peter Greig May 15, 2013 at 7:44 PM

Thank you! :)

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