22 Jan 2012, 5:07 AM MST: A shooting star over Lyons, CO, appears in a single frame of a time-lapse photo sequence.
A close-up is shown below.
There are at least half a dozen shooting stars in the clip below, a time-lapse sequence shot between 3:15 and 7:30 AM. The one above, the brightest, occurs 44 seconds into the clip. Smaller ones occur at 00:19 near the center of the frame and at 00:23 in the lower middle part of the frame [these may be hard to see at the resolution displayed here]. In addition, various aircraft and satellites can be observed especially between 00:58 and about 01:12.
Just after the full moon - the moon is still very bright, but it's has not yet risen over the hill to the west, and there are few clouds. So I got this shot of a jet crossing the Milky Way:
Saturn [at the apex], Spica [lower left], and Mars [lower right] form a nice equilateral triangle in the sky just after sunset.
Spica, 260 light years from Earth, is mis-classified as a "blue giant" - but it is actually a pair of stars so close together that they cannot be resolved through a telescope.
The primary star has more than 10 times the mass of the sun and 7 times its radius. It rotates rapidly, and varies in brightness over about a four-hour period due to expansion and contraction of its surface. The secondary member of the Spica system is smaller than the primary, with about 7 times the mass of the Sun and 3.6 times the Sun's radius. Seen as a single star, Spica is brightest star in the constellation Virgo and the 15th brightest star in the nighttime sky.
Saturn, the star Spica, and Mars form a nice triangle in the sky left of center, just after sundown. [Might be difficult to see in this image due to image size and monitor resolution.]
Close-up of the Martian Triangle.