Camera on zoom captures meteor


This was the scene Dennis was shooting Sunday evening when, as it got darker, he snapped a picture of what he is sure was a meteor passing behind a break in the clouds.

This was the scene Dennis was shooting Sunday evening when, as it got darker, he snapped a picture of what he is sure was a meteor passing behind a break in the clouds.

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The 2012 Orionidmeteor shower peaked early Sunday, October 21, with forecasters predicting up to 25 meteors an hour for patient stargazers. Canyon Lake photographer Dennis Bickers wasn't exactly trying to be a stargazer but he believes he got a good shot of a large meteor passing across the western sky just after sunset Sunday.

Asked whether it could have been the setting sun shining on a jet contrail, Dennis says he would have known the difference ? the meteor was traveling too fast to be a jet.

The next major meteor shower to light up the night sky will be the annual Leonid meteor shower in mid-November. It will peak on November 17.

To see or purchase Dennis Bickers' pictures of Canyon Lake, visit gobickers.com.