For those of you who didn’t stay up to watch the Perseid Meteor Shower this week, you didn’t miss too much. Here is a composite of all the meteors visible from the Town of Parry Sound’s William Street Park the night of August 12 until a little after midnight, about 2 hours in total. There were more satellites, not included, passing through the frame than meteors. But, it was a beautiful night and the Perseids provided a great excuse to get out under the stars. (The bright coloured streaks at the bottom of the screen are the lights of cars and trucks on Highway 400 crossing the Seguin River.) (August 2020)
Obscured by clouds. This image didn’t turn out as I had hoped. With a little bit of cooperation from the atmosphere the full moon would have set right behind Three Mile Point. Unfortunately, the clouds piled up on the horizon and all I was left with was a memory of a beautiful morning spent on the North Shore Rugged Trail. (August 2020)
Parry Sound’s Tower Hill Heritage Garden at night. The lawn and chairs are lit by the cabin lights, the top of the tower has caught stray beams from downtown, and the sky is lit by some of the 250 billion stars in our very own Milky Way. (July 2020)
The Hills of Parry Sound. With Comet Neowise leaving it’s time to pay attention to the Milky Way which is ‘standing on its head’ for much of the next month. This image is from just inside the Town’s borders and showcases one of the most notable features of the Town, the ever growing and diminishing salt piles. (July 2020) The two bright ‘stars’ above the tree line are Saturn and Jupiter.
At this point Comet Neowise is heading away from the sun and getting dimmer by the day. It’s difficult to see it now with the moon up until well after midnight. Here is one last look at the comet over Parry Sound taken this past weekend, a little tighter and higher in the sky. (July 2020) Click on the image for a much better presentation at the ParrySights site hosted by SmugMug.
It’s nightime in Parry Sound and a look at Sound Boat Works. I’m glad that the restrictions on boating were lifted a few weeks ago. It’s a pretty socially isolated recreation, at least on Georgian Bay. No Comet Neowise this time. That tower you see in the distance on the left side of the image is the water tower on Parry Island. (July 2020)
More Comet Neowise. this time from Friday evening over the Town of Parry Sound’s waterfront as seen from across the harbour. If you have been following the images for the past week you will realize that the comet is moving west from early morning to late night. Before you know it, Neowise will be gone for some 6,800 years. (July 2020) (You will notice that the colour of the sky will change between images. This is due in part to what I think is most representative of the colour of the sky at the time the photo was taken, but mostly the amount and type of light pollution from the Town.)
Comet with clouds. Last night was a happy accident photographically speaking. It was supposed to be clouded over but I headed out to check out some equipment that didn’t require a clear sky. Then the skies opened up and I was able to catch Comet Neowise above the clouds over Big Sound Marina and the Parry Sound waterfront. If you compare today’s image with yesterday’s you will note that the comet has moved west. If you get out at about 10:30 and look west you will be able to see it if you have dark skies. (July 2020) (Click on the image for a much nicer view at my parrysights.ca website hosted at SmugMug.)
Comet Neowise Over Parry Sound Harbor very early in the morning of 2020-07-20. Like fishing, you have to catch them when the conditions are just right. (July 2020)
(Note: I’m having some issues with WordPress. Now when you click on the image for a larger view. I am now directing the link to my parrysights.ca site hosted on SmugMug. Funny name but a great service.)