Meteor shower lights up WA sky
Fireball train: The exploding bright meteor falls through the sky over Lake Ballard. Pictures: Grahame Kelaher Photography

The classic science fiction novel The Day of the Triffids begins with a meteor shower that lights up the sky in a gorgeous green glow that delights and entrances all who see it, not knowing it will turn them blind.

For Perth photographer Grahame Kelaher that pretty much describes his Monday night, minus the unfortunate side effects author John Wyndham imagined.

Kelaher this week made the 1650km round trip from Perth to Lake Ballard to photograph the Perseids meteor shower.

The annual meteor event is regarded as one of the most spectacular and reliable celestial displays on a sky watcher's calendar.

Kelaher said that he was initially disappointed with what he saw.

But that all changed as Monday night became Tuesday morning and the 2am sky was lit up by the vivid green light of a "fireball", another name for a bolide or a particularly bright meteor that explodes.

"I was sitting down planning a shot and then the fireball happened," Kelaher said.

"It was spectacular to see and then I got into photographing it."

Frustratingly, none of Kelaher's cameras had been pointing towards the fireball when it appeared but he continued to photograph the fireball's trail for another 40 minutes.

A second camera, set up in the opposite direction to take in the surrounding landscape, including one of the figure's from Antony Gormley's Inside Australia exhibition, captured the eerie green look of the sky.

"There's only so many cameras you can have running," a sanguine Kelaher said of his near miss.

"It's always nice to get it on camera but it's nicer to see it with your own eyes."


The West Australian

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