The most spectacular photograph of last weekend's Lyrid meteor showerS

It's only fitting that one of the most breathtaking photographs of this weekend's Lyrid meteor shower would be captured from the rim of Oregon's Crater Lake.

Last weekend's dark, moonless nights made for some of the best meteor-spotting conditions in close to a year — conditions astrophotographer Brad Goldpaint had planned to take full advantage of, had it not been for Oregon's crummy weekend weather. He claims to have spotted just one meteor the entire night, but if the photograph up top is any indication [click here for higher res], it was definitely worth the wait. Besides, I'd imagine it's pretty hard to be bummed about a lack of meteor activity when your default backdrop is an absurdly beautiful view of the Milky Way. [Brad Goldpaint via Bad Astronomy]