Stargaz­ers’ heavenly snaps

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Housing Report -

A fa­ther and daugh­ter who share a pas­sion for stargazing braved the cold to take th­ese photographs.

David Pope and 14-year-old Jas­mine spent three hours in the gar­den of their home in Ken­ning­ton Road, Willes­bor­ough, tak­ing snaps of star trails and Gem­i­nid me­te­ors.

Jas­mine stud­ies as­tron­omy at the Tow­ers School, and both Mr Pope, an elec­tri­cian, and his daugh­ter are photography en­thu­si­asts.

Mr Pope, 43, a mem­ber of Ash­ford Astro­nom­i­cal So­ci­ety, said: “We were out­side be­tween 1am and 4am. It was cold, so we had cups of hot cof­fee to keep us warm, but the skies are clear­est in win­ter so it’s the best time to see me­te­ors. We set the cam­era to take a se­ries of 20-sec­ond long ex­po­sures. I have a pro­gramme on my com­puter that puts all the im­ages to­gether to make the star trail pic­tures.”

Pic­ture: David Pope

Star trails and Gem­i­nid me­te­ors above Willes­bor­ough

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