To see the best nightsWe are likely to be behind it, but Skywatchers should look for it this week, while also seeing meteor bodies hitting their sides.
HandfulCurrently active, including the Alpha Makrids and Southern Delta Aquarids on July 29, which are at their peak. Also, the moon is only partially illuminated this week and Neowise should still be visible with binoculars, leaving you with no excuse to go out and spend after dark. Looking for a while now.
Last week, I ventured out into the extraordinary dark evening of the New Mexico desert, several miles from the smallest city lights. I turned north, located the Big Dipper in the sky and moved my gaze slightly downward. Comet Neowise was immediately clear with its long, fluffy tail, before my eyes had completely adjusted to darkness.
I spent less than 10 minutes outside looking at the night sky, and managed to watch two meteor whips during that time, including cutting into the tail of a nevez. It was a truly remarkable sight that I immediately regretted my failure.
Some of you had no such regrets, and shared my best Neowise pics with me:
A Wisconsin photographer has also noticed that I have seen a similar double feature:
More than a dozen meteor showers are currently active, but only a few of them are likely to produce many visible shooting stars according to Robert Lunsford of the American Meteor Society. Southern Delta Aquariids, Alpha Makrids, Antallion Meteor Rain have the potential to produce several meteors per hour this week. Famous Perseids are also getting settled, but can generate one or two trailing lights per hour.
“The estimated total hourly meteor rate for evening observers this week is seen near 4 from mid-northern latitudes and 3 from tropical tropical locations (25S). For morning observers, the estimated total hourly rate is near 22. Must be, as seen. Mid-northern latitudes (45N) and 19 as seen from tropical southern locations (25S), “Lunford writes in his weekly meteor-spotting forecast.
“Actual rates will also depend on factors such as personal light and motion perception, local weather conditions, vigilance and the experience of seeing meteor activity. Evening rates are reduced during this period due to moonlight.”
Remember, the best way to see neowise and meteors is as far away from light pollution as possible. Look for a comet under the Big Dipper in the evening sky, and @EricCMack on Twitter Or instagram.! Keep those stellar, er, comic pictures