APOD: Tau Herculids from Space (2022 Jun 04)

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APOD: Tau Herculids from Space (2022 Jun 04)

Post by APOD Robot » Sat Jun 04, 2022 4:05 am

Image Tau Herculids from Space

Explanation: On May 31 tens of parallel meteor streaks were recorded in this 8 degree wide field of view of planet Earth's limb from space. The image is one of a series of 5 minute long observations by the orbiting Yangwang-1 space telescope. It was captured at 03:43 UT, near the peak of the Tau Herculid meteor shower. As predicted, the meteor shower was an active one this year, caused as Earth swept through a relatively dense stream of debris from disintegrating Comet 73P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 3, but was lacking bright meteors. Nearly all of the Tau Herculid meteors in the Yangwang-1 image are too faint to be detected by groundbased instruments. But on that date patient earthbound skywatchers under clear skies still enjoyed a memorable showing of the Tau Herculids.

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Re: APOD: Tau Herculids from Space (2022 Jun 04)

Post by orin stepanek » Sat Jun 04, 2022 12:29 pm

20220531_0343HerTau_submit1024.jpg
Meteors from comets a very common thing anymore! Are these
posing danger to satellites?
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Re: APOD: Tau Herculids from Space (2022 Jun 04)

Post by Chris Peterson » Sat Jun 04, 2022 1:41 pm

orin stepanek wrote: Sat Jun 04, 2022 12:29 pm 20220531_0343HerTau_submit1024.jpg
Meteors from comets a very common thing anymore! Are these
posing danger to satellites?
The risk is very low. I think only two satellites ever are suspected to have been damaged by meteoroids. And the rate of meteors has not gotten greater. Space junk is a greater threat to satellites than natural material.
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Re: APOD: Tau Herculids from Space (2022 Jun 04)

Post by VictorBorun » Sat Jun 04, 2022 3:04 pm

Yang Wang-1, aka
仰望

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Look Up
One
Satellite

is a UV telescope

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Re: APOD: Tau Herculids from Space (2022 Jun 04)

Post by JenIovino » Sat Jun 04, 2022 11:39 pm

I would love a framed print of today’s APOD!