June 20, 2018

Astro-Event of the Week: 05.04.09: The Eta Aquarid Meteor Shower.

This week, the second meteor shower of the season amps up; I give you the Eta Aquarids. This shower has a broad peak over the first half of May, and diligent observers may see up to 10-30 swift moving meteors per hour in the early AM hours. The further south you are, the better.  The radiant is very near the “Y” asterism in the constellation Aquarius, near the star Sadalmelik (Alpha Aquarii) and below the Great Square of Pegasus.

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Astro Event of the Week; November 24th-30th: The Gegenschein.

This weeks’ Astro-challenge to the world (and myself) is to sight that most elusive of astro-beasts, the Gegenschein. Surprisingly, more pictures of Sasquatch on Mars or Paris Hilton in prison exist than of this faint phenomenon. Sometimes called “counter-glow,” this faint glowing patch occurs near the antihelion or spot opposite to the Sun.

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