SC has a meteor shower with debris from Halley’s comet – 05/06/2022 – Science

The dawn of Thursday (5) is a turning point for scholars from all over Brazil. The country has collected hundreds of meteors in several states, especially in the interior of São Paulo, and in the north of Paraná and Santa Catarina – the state alone collects about 300 fragment sky .

Many of them are junk from Halley’s Comet. At the end of this month, it will see a new meteor shower, with a peak on May 31, predicted to be the largest in the last 20 years, according to astronomer Marcelo Zurita , director of Bramon (Brazilian Meteor Monitoring). Network).

“This event can generate hundreds, thousands of meteors per hour, something very spectacular. It’s going to be an extraordinary event. Probably the heaviest in 20 years. , “Zurita said.

With stations in 20 Brazilian states, a network of self-governing scientists recorded, at dawn on Thursday, a rain star called ETA Aquarids. “In theory, the North and Northeast of Brazil would be more than right for inspection, but time has not been involved in these areas,” said Zurita.

Instead, better things are happening in the South. In Monte Claro, north of Santa Catarina, the sky is clear, cloudless and moonless, which makes it possible to collect 300 meteors.

“Of these, at least 120 are debris from Halley stars, and they begin to appear around 3 a.m. They join the ETA Aquárids meteor shower,” said Jocimar Justino de Souza. from Bramon station in Santa Catarina. “Today (6), there is also data, but it is not very strong, only 40”, he said.

Zurita further confirmed that the ETA Aquáridas will be visible until May 12, but the work should continue on a less volatile route.

With good weather, everyone can see the meteors with small telescopes, binoculars, and especially with the naked eye. “As they get faster, they can get out of sight of the equipment faster. With the naked eye, it can follow their word with better performance,” explains tells Souza.

For a better view, the guide is to stay away from the city lights and turn off all the lights, so the place is as dark as possible. “Light reduces the reflection of our vision and dazzles the faintest meteors,” says Zurita.

The best time for observation is from 2 am, with the peak in the morning. “You have to get up in the morning,” said the astronomer.

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