Star in the picture as meteor shower blazes trail over skies
HIS incredible picture shows a shooting star in the skies above Tameside.
Gareth Stone, 25, captured the image as he sat in his garden in Ashton at around 5.45am last Friday morning.
Warehouse operative Gareth first thought the jet of light, believed to be a meteor, was a plane until he looked closer and picked up his camera.
Shooting stars occur when a meteoroid can be seen entering the earth’s atmosphere, becoming a meteor.
He said: “I was sat in the garden and I just spotted it. Obviously the weather being as it was helped as the skies were really clear.
“I thought it was a plane at first but then as it carried on travelling I saw it was leaving no trail behind it so it couldn’t have been.
“Then I remembered reading that there would be meteor showers visible this week.
“It was pretty spectacular – really vivid and bright. I wasn’t actively waiting for it. But to see something like this is amazing.”
Our sister paper, the M.E.N. reported last week that up to 20 shooting stars an hour would be visible in the skies as a Lyrid meteor shower reached its peak.
The annual Lyrids shower occurs as the earth passes through the dust left over from comet C/186 G1 Thatcher, which makes a full orbit of the sun once every 415 years.
The debris left in the trail burns up as it enters the Earth’s atmosphere which creates the trail which can be seen streaking across the night sky.
●● Gareth Stone took this picture of a shooting star above Ashton