September 29, 2022


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Na sobotę 13 sierpnia nad ranem przypadnie tegoroczne maksimum roju meteorów Perseidy, czyli "noc spadających gwiazd". W różnych miejscach Polski organizowane są wówczas pikniki astronomiczne. Perseidy w mniejszym natężeniu można obserwować już wcześniej.

A scene brewing in the sky. Coming soon starry night

Saturday, August 13 in the morning will be this year’s maximum of the Perseid meteor shower, or “Night of Falling Stars.” At that time, astronomical outings are organized in various places in Poland. Perseids can be observed to a lesser extent earlier.

Activity A flock of Perseids It runs much longer, from mid-July to August 24. In summer, other meteor showers are also active.

Astronomers indicate that the conditions for observing the Perseids this year will not be favorable, since the moon will be full on August 12. the moon. His brilliance will certainly limit the number of shooting stars we will be able to see. Meanwhile, under ideal conditions, you can see a maximum of about 100 meteors per hour, and only this year we will see the brightest.

You don’t need telescopes or binoculars to observe meteors; An unarmed eye suffices. It is better to choose a place where you can see a large area of ​​\u200b\u200bthe sky, in a place where the lamps do not shine through the eyes (in this case, the darker the area, the better).

Radiant from Perseids – The point from which they seem to run, if we widen their ways in the sky – will be in the constellation Perseus. However, these objects are “scattered” all over the sky, and it is better to look at a few tens of degrees at radians – not the radiation itself. Nor do we have to get up in the morning when the swarm is at its peak, because we can search for Perseids at any time of the night, as well as during neighboring nights around the maximum.

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Perseids have been known since ancient times. They are fast meteors that leave short trails in the sky. They can drop in groups of 6-15 meteors in a few minutes. Their radiative shifts during swarm activity between the constellations Cassiopeia, Perseus, and Giraffe. He was at Perseus when he’s at his maximum. Comet 109P/Swift-Tuttle is associated with the swarm.

meteorsMeteorites are a light phenomenon that occurs during the flight through the atmosphere of rock particles that come to us from space, called meteorites. The vast majority of them are destroyed in the atmosphere. Very bright meteors are called meteorites, and if the rocks that flew into the atmosphere managed to survive and reach the surface of the Earth, then we will be dealing with a meteorite.

While searching for meteors, you can try to find bright planets in the sky. From August 12 to August 14, it will transit between Saturn and Jupiter the moon, creating a pleasant view of the southeast horizon from about 10 p.m. (in the following hours of the night these objects will be visible in the sky above). The bright light to the left of the Moon is Jupiter, and the slightly dimmer “light” to the right is Saturn. Mars also rises in the second half of the night, and Venus can be seen before sunrise.

A meteor lit up the sky in Chile. We managed to record it