The Cameraman Captures an Amazing Pic of a Shooting Star Dropping Into The Mouth of a Volcano

Mount Merapi, Gunung Merapi in Indonesian and Javanese, literally means "Fire Mountain," is an active stratovolcano located on the boundary between the province of Central Java and the Special Region of Yogyakarta, Indonesia. It is Indonesia's most active volcano erupting regularly since 1548. It lies around 28 kilometers (17 miles) north of Yogyakarta which has a population of 2.4 million people and thousands of people live on the volcano's sides with communities as high as 1,700 meters (5,577 feet) above sea level.

Mount Merapi is a favorite of photographers and is frequently photographed. During a recent shooting, though, photographer Gunarto Song was in for a surprise.

Mount Merapi's current eruption status demands that no one venture within three kilometers of the volcano. So, to get the twilight sight he desired, Song went to Batu Alien. This enormous stone was thrown from the volcano's mouth during an eruption and now stands adjacent to a cliff with a good view of Merapi. A burst of light fell on him as he focused on some clouds. Fortunately, he was quick enough to fire the shutter as it happened.

This burst of light was a meteor and Song captured the precise moment it looked to crash onto Mount Merapi. With over 30,000 likes the pic has already gone viral. The shooting star was converted into a streak of light by the long-exposure photograph. “I used a four-second shutter speed which made the photographs [of the light] look lengthy. Yet the light was round-shaped; it descended so quickly but it was a circular light,” the photographer explained.

Several CCTV cameras in the neighborhood also recorded the incident. The Eta Aquarid Meteor Shower and the Arietid Meteor Shower were both active at the time of the incident, prompting the National Institute of Aeronautics and Space (LAPAN) to assume it was a meteor. They also claimed that the green tint of the light was caused by the meteor's high magnesium concentration.

The spectacular photograph demonstrates that there is nothing more beautiful than when two rare Mother Nature phenomena converge.

Mount Merapi, Indonesia's most active volcano, has erupted intermittently since the 16th century.

Photographer Gunarto Song was fortunate enough to capture a meteor as it looked to crash into the volcano.

The lengthy exposure converted the shooting star into a luminous streak.

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