A photographer captured a once-in-a-lifetime photo of a shooting star falling into the mouth of Mount Merapi, the most active volcano in Indonesia.
The volcano regularly erupts and has been doing so since the 16th century, so it’s not uncommon to see lava and ash pouring from its mouth.
Due to its frequent activity, Mount Merapi is a hotspot for photographers who are hoping to capture stunning shots of volcanic action.
However, one lucky photographer got to capture something much more special than volcano activity. Gunarto Song set up to photograph the volcano at Batu Alien, a site some distance from the volcano that offers a good view of its action.
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While doing a long-exposure shot, Song caught a flash of light across the sky. As it turns out, it wasn’t lava pouring from the volcano, but a meteor falling into Mount Merapi! He shared the stunning photos on Instagram where they quickly went viral.
Because of the long exposure photo, the falling star appears to be a long steak of light, rather than a small dot in the sky. Because of this, you can see the exact pattern the star was taking – and its end destination inside the volcano.
According to news outlet Coconuts, Song explained, “I set the shutter speed at four seconds, which made the photos [of the light] appear long. But the light was round-shaped, it was so fast but it was indeed a round light that fell.”
Coconuts also reported that authorities confirmed the streak of light in the photo to be a falling meteor, and Song has confirmed that the photos are unedited.
Beyond his photos, other CCTV cameras in the area also caught the meteor on film, further confirming its validity.
Mother nature is truly spectacular!Whizzco