Lockdown Chronicles

The Lockdown Chronicles- Astrophotography

The Lockdown Chronicles part 2. One of the great things from the lockdown period was the clear summer nights which brought about a good few opportunities for some astrophotography.

The Neowise Comet

The first event of the summer astro season was the Neowise Comet, which was clearly visible in July. At its peak the Comet was visible to the nakid eye, all you needed was clear skies around midnight. It was fantastic to see this comet, the first of its kind that i’ve gotten to see properly. There was great interest in Neowise due to the the visible trail of dust behind it as it travels through the atmosphere and the comet travelling so close to the earth that it was so visible in the night sky. The comet wont be seen again for another 6,800 years.

Comet Neowise with the glow of Trim town visible in the bottom left of the shot
Comet Neowise over Lough Boora

The Perseids Meteor shower

In August the Perseids meteors were visible. The Perseids are associated with the comet Swift–Tuttle. The meteors are called the Perseids because the point from which they appear to hail lies in the constellation Perseus. They are bright and at their peak there can be 40-50 meteors visible per hour. I didn’t get to see them that frequent in the sky, maybe if i had lasted longer than midnight! i did get to capture a few all the same though.

Perseids Meteor shower

Hopefully this year will bring lots more opportunities for some Astro shots

Christmas new moon

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