What TARA Sees!

The Perseids Meteor Shower 2013

The Perseids Meteor Shower is one of the best meteor showers of the year, typically producing up to 60 meteors an hour at its peak.

This meteor shower is named for the constellation Perseus, but you don’t need to be able to spot that constellation, since the meteors can appear anywhere in the sky. Only if you record the path of any meteor you see, might you be able to trace the paths back towards Perseus high in the north east. Most meteors are likely to be seen in the early hours, after midnight, as our section of the Earth turns into the dust and debris sitting in the Earth’s orbit.

The Sun captured with TARA’s Solar Telescope

The Sun is the star at the centre of the Solar System. It is almost perfectly spherical and consists of hot plasma interwoven with magnetic fields. As we all know, the Sun provides us with light and warmth; however, as the largest body in our solar system, the Sun plays an additional important role.

With a diameter of 1,392,000 kilometres, the Sun is more than one million times larger than Earth. Because it is bigger than all the other planets in our solar system, too, the Sun exerts a greater gravitational pull. It is this pull that keeps all the planets, including Earth, fixed on their orbital paths. Without this pull, the planets would simply float off into space.

The Moon

The Moon is the fifth largest satellite in our Solar System. Considering Jupiter alone has 63 moons, this is pretty impressive. The Moon is the closest celestial object to Earth and apart from the Sun is the brightest object in the sky.

The Dumbbell Nebula M27

The Dumbbell Nebula is a planetary nebula in the constellation Vulpecula, at a distance of about 1,360 light years. This object was the first planetary nebula to be discovered; by Charles Messier in 1764.


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