Be it night or day, rainy or cloudy, we love the sky. Nothing in the world can be compared to staring at the starry night sky. It’s such a heavenly feeling. We love the night sky for the bright blinking stars (duh!), the planets, the moon, and the other flying objects we sometimes get lucky enough to see. Prasenjeet Yadav was lucky enough to capture a stunning photograph of a meteor, all accidentally. I mean, why ain’t I ever so lucky?
Capturing a meteor isn’t an easy task, even if you’re a photographer. Although millions of meteors fly towards Earth everyday, their small size makes it hard for us to even see them, let alone capture them. It’s not like you can be awake every night to try your luck to see a random meteor in the sky. However, this day was without a doubt Prasenjeet’s lucky day!
Prasenjeet decided to become a photographer when he thought that he wanted to show science to people. Having grown up in Nagpur, India, where tigers and leopards were a common sight, he developed an interest in studying them as a molecular biologist. Although he wanted to share his knowledge, he realized that people didn’t read much. And, he found the solution to it – photography!
When he accidentally captured this photograph, he was actually filming something completely unrelated. He was using the active nightlife to film Mettupalayam in order to show the urbanization of the area.
The day this magical moment happened was October 9, 2015. He set up his Nikon D600 and programmed it to take 15-second exposures every 10 seconds until 4.30 in the morning.
Then, he went for a good night’s sleep. It was indeed a good night which dawned on Prasenjeet a good day. Well, “good” is an understatement, because he woke up to a photograph of a meteor. He couldn’t believe his eyes and ears until several astronomers confirmed it to be a meteor!
Without even knowing it, Prasenjeeth decided the right place and right time to capture a once-in-a-life-time photograph of a meteor. This is surely another milestone in his photography career, after having won a National Geographic Young Explorers grant .