The best nights to seemost likely behind us, but skywatchers should look for it this week while also watching the meteor showers hit their pace.
With a littleThey are currently active, including the Capricornids alpha and the Southern Aquarids of the delta reaching the peak of July 29. Also, the moon is partially illuminated this week and Neowise should remain visible with the binoculars. , leaving a little excuse not to go after the dark and spend some time just looking.
Last week, they stumbled into an exceptionally dark evening in the New Mexico desert, several miles from the lights of the nearest small town. I head north, I found the Big Dipper in the sky and brought my gaze down a little. Comet Neowise with its long, flaring tail was immediately obvious, even before my eyes were fully adjusted to the darkness.
I spent less than 10 minutes outside watching the night sky, and in that span of time I managed to see two stained meteors, including one that seemed cut around Neowise’s tail. It was a truly remarkable sight that I instantly had to regret my absence.
Some of you have had no such regrets, and share your best pics of Neowise with me:
A Wisconsin photographer also seems to have picked up the same kind of double feature I saw:
More than a dozen meteor showers are currently active, but a few of them are likely to produce many visible shooting stars, according to the American Meteor Society Robert Lunsford. Southern delta aquariums, alpha Capricornids, Anthelion meteorite showers have the potential to produce multiple meteors per hour this week. The famous Perseids are just going, but they can generate one or two lights every hour.
“The total hourly meteor rates for this week’s evening observers are close to 4 as seen from mid-north latitudes and 3 as seen from southern tropical locations (25S). morning observers, the estimated total hourly rates should be close to 22 as seen from mid-north latitudes (45N) and 19 as seen from southern tropical locations (25S), “Lunsford writes in his forecast of a marked meteor.
“Current rates also depend on factors such as personal lighting and movement perception, local weather conditions, vigilance and experience in observing meteor activity. ‘evenings are reduced in this period due to sunlight. “
Remember, the best way to see Neowise and Meteor is to get as far away as possible from light pollution. Look for the comet under the Big Dipper in the evening sky, and! Keep those stellar, er, cometary images coming to @EricCMack on Twitter or Instagram.