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Perseids meteor shower- 12th August 2019

The Perseids are one of the most prolific meteor showers of the year. Born from the orbital debris of comet Swift–Tuttle, the Perseids produce spectacular fireballs and intense peaks. The meteor shower is active every year between mid-July and the end of August.

Perseids meteors aug 2019

The annual shower is active between the nights of July 17 and August 24.

This year, astronomers expect the Perseids to explode in intensity on the night of August 12 and August 13.

Here in the UK, the Perseids will be best seen when the skies are darkest.

According to the Royal Observatory, this will be between midnight and 5.30am BST.

The Observatory said: “The radiant of the Perseids is actually alway above the horizon as seen from the UK, which means that observers in the UK should be able to see some meteors as soon as the Sun sets. Therefore it is worth looking up in the early evening.”

When viewed from Earth, the meteors will appear to break out into our skies from a single point or radiant in the constellation Perseus.

In reality, however, the meteors will come flying from a different part of space altogether.

In order to watch the Perseids on the night of the peak, look out for a dark and open space with an unobstructed view of the horizon.

Meteor showers are best observed if you can see the entire night sky at once.

The Royal Observatory said: “Meteors can appear in any part of the sky so the more sky you can see the better.

“Find an area with a clear view of the horizon and away from trees and buildings.

“Binoculars and telescopes are not necessary as they will restrict the size of the sky that will be visible to you.”

If you decide to watch the Perseids in the open next week, remember to dress appropriately for the weather and allow your eyes to adjust to the dark.

Article/ info source:  The Express

How are the Stars treating you? (astrology)

How are the starry Heavens treating you?
 
We’ve already had the Aquarian partial Lunar Eclipse (7th Aug) & Perseid meteor showers (12th Aug). A total Solar Eclipse (in Leo) is coming on 21st August, and we are now 3 days into Mercury retrograde (started Sunday 13th Aug) in the sign of Leo..and will continue till 5th September’17.
 
Already I have witnessed quite a lot of energy & activation, disruptions & disharmony!
Am mindful that when major planetary transits bring about these sort of energies, they are merely pointing to areas in our lives that require willful attention & decluttering, and ultimately deconstructions of old Towers!
 
Only then can we move better towards goals, aims and fulfilment of our destinies, set by a blend of Fates & Free Will.
-Mani Navasothy
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Meteors in 2017

Hi all..  a friend (Jemima Marriott) mentioned seeing a bright shooting star 2 nights ago..and it made me realise that I’d not made any notes about meteors..not only for this coming year but all last year (2016).  So a quick search on some reliable astronomy site has produced the following data.

meteor-showers-2017

Major Meteor Showers in 2017

Shower /  Radiant & direction / Morning of maximum/  Best hourly rate / Parent

-Quadrantid /  Draco (NE) /   Jan. 3 /   60-100 /  2003 EH1

-LyridLyra (E) /   April 22 /  10-20 /  Thatcher (1861 I)

-Eta Aquariid* /   Aquarius (E) /  May 6/  20-60 /  1P/Halley

-Delta Aquariid /   Aquarius (S) /   July 30 / 20 /  96P/Machholz

-Perseid*  /   Perseus (NE) /  Aug. 12 /  90 /  109P/Swift-Tuttle

-Orionid  /   Orion (SE) / Oct. 21  /  10-20 /  1P/Halley

-Southern  Taurid*  /   Taurus (S)  /   Nov. 5 /  10-20/  2P/Encke

-Leonid  /   Leo (E) / Nov. 17 /  10-20 /  55P/Tempel-Tuttle

-Geminid /    Gemini (S)  / Dec. 14 /  100-120 / 3200 Phaethon

meteors-2017

 Data taken from  http://www.skyandtelescope.com/astronomy-news/meteor-showers-in-2017/

I’ll write more in these soon…But this should be enough for all to atlast to male a diary note..and more importantly..  look up at the heaves for these messengers 🙂

-Mani Navasothy

ps.  Here’s when i stayed up and actually caught one on camera..few years ago. ..back in 2013.

Meteor Shower Guide for 2016 (Earthsky)

Hi All,  am bit behind with all this astronomy stuff…Will get it sorted and blog info/ details..   But for now, here’s the info from EarthSky site.

Follow the links below to learn about meteor showers in 2016! Remember that, for most showers, you can watch for several nights around the shower’s peak.

January 3-4, 2016 Quadrantids

April 21-22, 2016 Lyrids

May 5-6, 2016 Eta Aquarids

July 28-29, 2016 Delta Aquarids

August 11-12, 2016 Perseids

October 7, 2016 Draconids

October 20-21, 2016 Orionids

November 4-5, 2016 South Taurids

November 11-12, 2016 North Taurids

November 16-17, 2016 Leonids

December 13-14, 2016 Geminids

The Geminids Meteor Showers -peaks 13th Dec’13

Geminids Meteor showers 13Dec13 (c) Mani Navasothy
Geminids Meteor showers 13Dec13 . photo/art (c) Mani Navasothy

Quick one..!   Geminids Meteor showers are of the more prolific ones..   And as it gets cold and skies get clearer in Winter, there’s more chance to see it.. BUT we are also coming up to a full moon in a few days so..  we’ll see what we can see.

“Radiating from near the bright stars Castor and Pollux in the constellation Gemini the Twins, the Geminid meteor shower is one of the finest meteors showers visible in either the Northern or the Southern Hemisphere. The meteors are plentiful, rivaling the August Perseids, with perhaps 50 to 100 meteors per hour visible at the peak. Plus Geminid meteors are often bright, so, if there’s a bright moon, many meteors may be able to overcome the harsh moonlight. These meteors are often as good in the evening as in the hours between midnight and dawn. In 2013, a bright waxing gibbous moon will interfere with the Geminids throughout most of the peak night. Your best bet is to watch on the mornings of December 13 and 14, from moonset until dawn.”

-Mani Navasothy

ps. my 333rd blog post in it’s 3rd year 🙂

Ref: http://earthsky.org/astronomy-essentials/earthskys-meteor-shower-guide#draconids

Meteor showers: Practical steps for observing & filming shooting stars!

Above is a clip that I filmed.. last night .. .(out of about 4 hrs of filming attempt) of one of the Meteors (shooting stars).   This one was filmed about 03:27 am (British summer time)  on 13th August 2013.. near Mitcham, South London..!   Last night we were actually having the showers from 2 systems..  the now fading July’s Delta Aquarids, and the spectacular Perseids..!

It really tests patience.. and at one point, 3 days of sleeplessness was catching up with me..but i slipped into a pleasant trance-like easy state..and just had eyes open..no thought. .  and then a shooting star strikes across the vision..and Wow! And that moment of peace is priceless.

So here’s some ideas / practical suggestions  for observing & filming them..

What are shooting stars?

They are debris, chunks, pieces of comets that are orbiting the Sun..  Meteor showers occur when the Earth (in it’s orbit around the Sun pass through debris of comets..   and so e of those pieces get pulled in to Earth’s gravity, and burn up!   Most of these streaks of light can be far and brief..   but  during peak time of meteor showers, there are always many `earth grazing’ ones..   that are actually quite `slow’ …create a very bright light streak..and leave a visible light trail for a few seconds after burning up..  (I’ve seen these even last night!)

How to observe shooting stars:

I think if anyone looks at one clear (dark patch) of sky for about 20 minutes, without loosing hope..and looking around..you’ll catch one..

Preparations

Wrap up warm..  even on a warn night…when you are not moving..   body temperature goes down…And cloudless skies are ideal for Stargazing actibvities…but it also means, without cloud-cover, there are no warm air pockets being trapped between you and the clouds…so clear nights = cold nights! 🙂

Insects & Mosquito:   Have a hood or hat.  Better to even have insect repellent on you first…Failing that, a strong incense stick or 5 (one at a time) placed near you may deter most of the bugs who want ya blood!  Be fully covered…socks..neck-scarf.    Nothing worse than waking up next day feeling bite-marks and itching on head, face, and all over.  !!

Have a hot flask..of coffee or tea for cold nights..  And caffeine helps to stay awake..  When you are stargazing..   it’s quite relaxing..and you may fall asleep.. !!

Don’t drink any alcohol..   It may be fun..but afterwards, you’ll doubt if you really did see shooting stars…or was it a trick of light..   reflection of passing cars in streets on any clouds..or even a high-flying tint bird, moth, bat or bird!   (these are my real experiences ..)

Steps

Step 1 – Go out…get comfy..and let your eyes adjust to dark..and get more sensitive to light.   Now peripheral vision is good for detecting  flickers and motion..   So don’t worry…Just look up at one spot…relax..and gaze..  (that’s the operative word!)..    At some point..you’ll see one brilliant Meteor trail past  you..  or you’ll see a bright enough flash at the corner of the eye..

Step 2.  Keep gazing!   get a feel of their speeds, directions,  intensity..  These all vary!     About 20 minutes of this will give you a `real experience’ …to start with.  This is your `priming..’ or `calibrating’

Step 3.   Now you’ll have a feel of where abouts the majority of the shooting stars are appearing..    Here’s the important bit.    Pick a spot in the sky..  and stick to it…for at least 20 minutes further..(even if you see flashes on the sides.. !)

Step 4.  You will see distant aeroplanes..  few tiny artificial satellites…slow moving..   and you;ll eventually see meteors.   Have faith and keep gazing…That’s the real trick..

 

How to film Shooting stars with ordinary digital camera

I had the digital  camera on movie mode…mounted on a simple tripod..!  If you have highly light sensitive mode on your digital camera or video camera, even better.   I don’t think phone-cameras are good enough.. for this.   But web cams may be..(I;ll try it and let you know next time).

step 1.     Charge up battery for camera.   Nothing worse that filming for an hour.and battery runs out..just before a spectacular trail of meteor goes past!  Have a spare battery if you have one..charged.

step 2; Mount on a tripod.   It’ll give you a serious neck & arm ache if you have to hold it by hand for more than  10-15 minutes..  and Stargazing /filming takes a few hours at least! Lying on ground (for self) is a good idea..or a easy chair or garden recline chair..

Step 3: Aim camera (set up) at a part of the sky you have already seen a number of meteors (by unaided sight).     Switch movie record mode..and let it run..   Remember to stay away from the camera’s field.

Step 4:  Because filming can run from 5 minutes to even 30 minutes…  and you may be filming lots of no-event sky..   it’s best to periodically stop the filming..and re-start immediately. This gives you a series of clips..which are easy to sift through on a lap top or PC..  !   (DON’T try to immediately re-play a clip.. to see if you caught a meteor. You are wasting precious camera battery with replay…and you my be missing another meteor above!    The task is to film chunks of clips..   sift through them later.

Warning: Colder nights mean battery will run out faster!

 

notes

Keep calm.. Enjoy the peace..  Be positive.    There are usually 10’s to hundreds of shooting stars at those peak times.   So it;s just a matter of time.. before yo spot one  or 20!  If you get erratic..in a hurry..and not so whole-hearted…you ain’t gonna see one..

Don’t forget to make a wish..when you see one! 🙂

Forthcoming Meteor showers in Northern hemisphere.

Here are the dates / names of the meteor showers coming up in October (2), November (1) and December (1) of this year 2013.

Good Luck… and Bright Stellar Blessings

-Mani Navasothy

 

Related resource/ link

http://earthsky.org/astronomy-essentials/earthskys-meteor-shower-guide

 

 

 

 

Night Sky in June 2013- what you can see (NASA video & summary)

Butterfly Nebula: Image Credit: NASA/ESA/Hubble
Butterfly Nebula:
Image Credit: NASA/ESA/Hubble

What’s up in the stars for June 2013?  Am talking about astronomy now, and what you can see (mostly with naked eye, and some with small telescopes).

Here’s a video from NASA, that explains all the special features for June 2013.

http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/videogallery/index.html?media_id=164055491   (you can also download this video for your own personal view, at the NASA site! How good are they!)

Summary of video

1. Mercury, Veus & Jupiter

Can be seen just after sunset, in the West-North-West sky (in the constellation of Gemini)

2. Meteor Shower

On 11th June. High in SouthEast sky around 4.30am.  You can see the rare `Gamma Delphinids’ meteo shower  (close to Aquila and Capricornids..is a small constellation called Delphinus).

3. Four major Asteroids

Ceres, Pallas, Vesta & Juno are the first 4 asteroids to have been discovered. All are visible this month. Ceres & Pallas near Gemini, Juno near Aquarius.

4. Asteroid 1998 QE2

This one passed by Earth not so long ago – on 31st May 2013! A medium-large telescope is needed now to see it. Look south after 9pm..in the Constellations of Libra & Ophiucus.

5. Milky Way

By the end of June, Moon is rising very late, by midnight, so that gives plenty of evening / early night  time to look at the night sky..and without the bright light of gthe moon, parts of our galaxy Milk Way can be seen..  (as a fine dust of stars in bands that are obvious to miss. I saw this some years ago and was amazed!)

By the way asteroid Watch in NASA at http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/asteroidwatch/

-Mani Navasothy

ps. The Butterfly Nebula can not be seen by naked eye or normal telescopes from Earth. I was merely sharing another beautiful image from NASA 🙂