The stellar beauty of Perseids

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Every year those who live in the northern hemisphere have a unique chance to observe one of the most prominent meteor shower on the Earth – it’s the Perseids meteoroid flux.

So, what is a meteoroid flux? When a group of meteors enters the Earth atmosphere the core of the meteors starts to evolve billions of particles turning these lifeless space stones into magnificent fireballs. This is actually what we see as “tails” when gazing into a night cloudless sky. The Perseids flux was “born” by the Swift-Tuttle comet and expected to be one of the most saturated meteoroid flux of the year – the number of the meteors per hour could be up to 100-150!


The sky on the night of Perseids flux


A group of Belarussian astronomers managed to capture the flux on a time-lapse video: we can see the Milky Way blinking with dozens of tailed meteors crossing infinite mind-blowing night sky.


But the night gave a rich haul not only for meteors but also for a number of other incredibly interesting space objects: star clusters, nebulas and even galaxies have shown themselves in a breath-taking cosmic beauty!


Spiral galaxy M81 (on the right) and M82 or Cigar Galaxy (on the right) in the Ursa Major constellation. The distance is 12 million light-years from the Earth.


Double Perseus NGC 869/884 constellation. The distance is 7 thousand light-years from the Earth.


M16 – Eagle Nebula.The distance is 7 thousand light-years from the Earth.


Globular cluster M13.The distance is 25100 thousand light-years from the Earth.


Planetary Nebula M57 “Ring”.The distance is 2300 thousand light-years from the Earth.


M31 Spiral Galaxy “The Andromeda Nebula”. The distance is 2.5 million light-years from the Earth.


The photos were taken with the help of telescopes Sky Watcher BKP 2008 HEQ5 PRO SynScan and Sky Watcher BK DOB 12" Retractable SynScan and also Canon EOS 1100D photo-camera.



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