Saturday , January 23 2021

Meteor shower and comets will light the sky this weekend



Christmas comes early to Australia's emerging astronomers, with not just two goggles scheduled for Friday night.

The Christmas Room and Geminid Meteor shower is due to lightening the night sky within a few hours of each other.

The Christmas Comet – named after year's year appears – is expected to originate from. 21.00 AEDT as a green and fuzzy comet to the east, close to the constellation known as Orion or Saucepan, the ANU astronomer Dr Brad Tucker said.

"The green color comes from the gas that comes out of the comet," said Dr. Tucker to AAP.

"There is a lot of ice on it and methane – it's essentially like a dirty snowball, and so when it goes around the sun it melts … and is a steamy, smelly green glow."

This will be rare chance for the Australians to have a glimpse of the comet, which is only shown once every five years.

Hours later, the stars shine to flash over the sky as the Earth passes through the tail of the 3200 Phaethon asteroid.

They look impressive from the earth, but the falling stars are actually only small cliffs that are broken by the asteroid before they burn in the Earth's atmosphere.

"They are about the size of a grain of sand, or even a small rock, and they travel thousands of miles an hour," said Dr. Tucker.

While observers will need a binoculars or telescope to capture the Christmas room, meteor shower will be seen everywhere in Australia, even larger cities, as long as it's a clear night.

"It's very accessible, you do not need anything special, you just need the night sky," said Dr. Tucker.

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If you are eager to capture this heavenly show for a lifetime, you should notice the weather conditions in your larger city.

SYDNEY

A cloudy night is expected for Friday, but while rain is expected in the afternoon and evening, it must be done in time for the comet and meteor shower at about. 21.00 AEDT.

MELBOURNE

A cloudy night with the chance of a thunderstorm is expected.

BRISBANE

A cloudy night is in the store, although the worst of a mighty thunderstorm earlier in the day should have gone.

CANBERRA

A high chance of rain and thunderstorms will leave ACT with a slight chance to glimpse either comet or meteor shower.

Darwin

Those living in Top End may have a chance to see the stars, with a partly cloudy night forecast before a possible thunderstorm.

PERTH

Clouds are expected to creep over the sky at night, with the chance of a Saturday thunderstorm forecast for the city.

ADELAIDE

A cloudy night sky is expected after a day of showers that will ease as the sun sets.

HOBART

A partly cloudy night will mask the night sky, with a medium risk of rain.


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