Nature is the greatest magician and artist in this world. Its artwork is impressive, and modern technology helps us see every bit of it.
In October 2015, Prasenjeet Yadav took impressive photos of the emerald meteor that appeared in the sky over India. The meteor was so bright, and it disappeared really fast. Experts later explained that this was a brilliant phenomenon, noting that over 25 million meteors hover towards our planet. Some of them are so small that it’s impossible to see them or take a clear photo.
Yadav won a National Geographic Young Explorers grant and went to the mountains to make a timelapse of the skies above Mettupalayam in India.
The emerald meteor appeared in the sky, but Yadav was sleeping. Luckily, the great moment was caught on camera. According to the photographer, the meteor was green as a result of “a combination of the heating of oxygen around the meteor and the mix of minerals ignited as the rock enters Earth’s atmosphere.”
Yadav’s impressive image was featured in the National Geographic’s nature photographer of the year competition for 2016.
“Anand Varma was visiting me and I was showing him around a mountain range in South India called the Western Ghats. We camped on the side of a road and I set up my Nikon D600 and a 24-70mm lens to take 15-second exposures. I set the camera to take 999 images.
I slept next to the camera and it continued taking pictures until dawn. It wasn’t until the next afternoon that I reviewed my images and noticed something unusually bright and green. I showed it to Anand, and we realized that I had captured an extremely rare event.
After checking with a few experts, I learned that it was a green meteorite, and getting it on camera is very rare.
This is an example of being at the right place at the right time to capture something totally unexpected. For those 15 seconds, I was the luckiest photographer on the planet.”
Yadav is also a molecular ecologist with a master’s degree in molecular biology. He became interested in storytelling, so he decided to become a photographer and National Geographic Explorer. His main interest is to support ecological and conservation science.