Home https://server7.kproxy.com/servlet/redirect.srv/sruj/smyrwpoii/p2/ Science https://server7.kproxy.com/servlet/redirect.srv/sruj/smyrwpoii/p2/ Orionid meteor showers are spreading this week! Here’s what to expect.

Orionid meteor showers are spreading this week! Here’s what to expect.



Orionid meteors streak through the starry sky over Big Bend National Park in Texas, in this composition of four shots taken by astrophotographer Sergio Garcia Rill in October 2017. (Image credit: Sergio Garcia Rill)

One evening during the last summer, shortly after sunset, a number of people gathered in a small league field, not far from my home, eagerly awaiting the darkness and the appearance of the stars. We had also gathered there because there was not much in the way of light pollution and we got a clear and unobstructed view to the northwest. As the sky got darker, we could finally see it: Comet NEOWISE, which showed a nice, curved tail.

“Not a bad show, considering we’re looking at a cosmic waste,” I told the comet viewer’s coterie. “Truly what we are looking at is a piece of debris in space; think of the beautiful tail as ‘cosmic bedding’; small pieces of dust and gravel left by NEOWISE, all cluttered in the solar system.”


Source link