aurora and meteor

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Earth is about to pass through the tail of Halley’s Comet,

This will start around April 20th and will continue right up until May 21st. The best time to view them will be in the small hours between May 5 and 7, when the sky will be the darkest during the new Moon.

The specks and flecks you’ll be seeing are tiny pieces of debris from Halley’s Comet hitting Earth’s atmosphere and burning up. They’re called the Eta Aquarids as they appear to emerge from the constellation of Aquarius.

The shower will be more visible in the southern hemisphere. However, those in the northern hemisphere should be able to catch the odd one, especially if you’re near the equator. At their peak time, those in the southern hemisphere can expect to see up to 30 meteors every hour. If weather conditions are favorable, even those north of the equator can still see up to 10 every hour.

The Eta Aquarids happens every year thanks to Halley’s comet. It takes the comet about 75 years to travel around the sun, but Earth passes through the tail of the comet around April/ May every year.
 
Halley’s comet is projected to directly pass by the Earth again in 2061.

Both aurora and meteors occur in Earth’s upper atmosphere at altitudes of 100 kilometers or so, but aurora caused by energetic charged particles from the magnetosphere, while meteors are trails of cosmic dust.

i drove out into the country last night wanting to stargaze becuase i’d heard the meteor shower had started, and ending up catching a glimsp of the aurora borealis. It wasn’t incredibly vivid but it the way danced through the sky was awe inspiring, so this is a test painting and i’ll be working on others soon

Meteor Shower Adorns Southern Lights Over Tasmania

The only thing that could beat a beautiful vista of aurora australis is a bright meteor shower making a sudden appearance.

Photographer Daniel Lam captured this stunning timelapse footage of a meteor shower streaking across the skies of Nile, Tasmania, on June 16 as the southern lights remained in the backdrop. Credit: Daniel Lam via Storyful

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The Geminid meteor shower rained over the weekend with hundreds of meteors per hour, pleasing the senses of astrophotographers and stargazers allover the world. The annual meteor shower gets its name after the Gemini constellation, the space region from which the meteors seem to radiate. The parent asteroid of the shower, called 3200 Phaethon, travels close to the Earth, and its debris falls in to the atmosphere, where it vaporizes as light. Earth runs into a stream of debris from 3200 Phaethon every year in mid-December, causing meteors to fly from the constellation Gemini. When the Geminids first appeared in the early 19th century, shortly before the U.S. Civil War, the shower was weak and attracted little attention. There was no hint that it would ever become a major display. 

Above are some of the most astonishing photos of this year’s event. 

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We’re right in the middle of the peak of the Leonid Meteor Shower. This is beautifully captured time lapse video of major meteor showers over the last 7 years combined into 2 minutes.

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Arches by Tommy Richardsen
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Almost at the point where it is too bright for night images we finally see the arching of the milky way here in Northern Norway. It is a classic with the single tree, but for good reason, hope you like it. Image captured at Baddereidet, Kvænangen, Troms, Northern Norway. Nikon D810, Zeiss 15mm, pano.