The Eta Aquarids, one of the most anticipated meteor showers of the year, reached its peak yesterday at dawn. The event shines bright skies around the world, mostly in the Southern Hemisphere, with hundreds of “shooting stars”.
What makes rain special is its ingredients. The luminous phenomena are formed by the pieces of the tail of the famous Halley comet – which last visited us 35 years ago, in 1986, and will only return in 2061 -, which access to our air.
Beautiful materials have been made all over the world, including Brazil. Check out some of them below:
Eta Aquarids: Check out photos of the bathing star from Halley’s comet
There is still time to watch in the next few days
The good news is that meteor showers will continue to work for the next few days. To observe it is not necessary telescopes or other special equipment. Look at the sky without clouds.
Check out the tips below to increase your chances of enjoying the event:
- Find a well-lit place, such as a balcony or garden. Light pollution is lower, there is more likely to test multiple meteors.
- Make it comfortable. Sit in a chair (such as a reclining chair or beach chair), protect yourself from the cold and do not use your cell phone (so you do not disturb or injure yourself). vision dazzled by the brightness of the screen).
- Be patient. Our eyes take about 20 minutes to get used to the low light and different brightness of the celestial bodies (stars, planets, meteors).
- Look to the east (where the sun rises) from 2 o’clock in the morning, when the star of Aquarius will rise. It will be below Saturn Earth. One software Natural observation (e.g. StellariumThe star walkThe star pictureSky Safari or SkyView) can help you find the star.
- This is the radiant of the Eta Aquarids (hence the name); that is, meteors will appear to converge in the constellation. But do not fix your eyes on it, they can appear from anywhere.
- Look closely and wait for meteors. The best time for observation is from 4 am, when the light is highest in the sky. Meteors can be seen until dawn.
- Make an impression on every “shooting star” you see, as tradition dictates.
Eta Aquarids continue to operate until the end of the month, with fewer and fewer meteors. To this day (7) it is still very itchy.
With the camera in long exposure mode, it is possible to capture beautiful images of meteor tracks, like the ones recorded in Santa Catarina last week.