Perseids peak 2015

On the peak night from 12th to 13th August 2015 the sky was clear so we were able to observe many bright meteors throughout the night. The brightest of them were observed late in the night when the radiant was high in the sky. In the photographs their trail usually appears in green and orange colors.

Sight at the horizon revealed quite a strong airglow activity. In the photos it is visible as green (purple) light near the horizon. It should not be confused with strong orange light that is a result of a light pollution.

Here are some of the brightest Perseid meteors that I was able to capture.

Bright Perseid
Date: 12. August 2015 22:57 UT
Equipment: Nikon D3000, Tokina 11-16@12mm, f/2.8, ISO 1600, 30s
Bright Perseid near radiant
Date: 13. August 2015 00:26 UT
Equipment: Nikon D3000, Tokina 11-16@12mm, f/2.8, ISO 1600, 30s
Bright Perseid near Pleiades
Date: 13. August 2015 00:35 UT
Equipment: Nikon D3000, Tokina 11-16@12mm, f/2.8, ISO 1600, 30s
Bright Perseid
Date: 13. August 2015 01:37 UT
Equipment: Nikon D3000, Tokina 11-16@12mm, f/2.8, ISO 1600, 30s
Bright Perseid
Date: 13. August 2015 01:43 UT
Equipment: Nikon D3000, Tokina 11-16@12mm, f/2.8, ISO 1600, 30s
Bright Perseid
Date: 13. August 2015 01:48 UT
Equipment: Nikon D3000, Tokina 11-16@12mm, f/2.8, ISO 1600, 30s

More meteor photos can be seen in gallery.

First Perseids 2015

Some of the Perseid meteors can already be seen in days before the shower peak that usually happens in the night from 12th to 13th August. Here are some of the meteors (most of them are not very bright) that I was able to capture before the maximum.

Short Perseid near radiant
Date: 8. August 2015 21:16 UT
Equipment: Nikon D3000, Nikorr 35mm, f/1.8, ISO 800, 30s
Perseid near Andromeda galaxy
Date: 8. August 2015 22:28 UT
Equipment: Nikon D3000, Nikorr 35mm, f/1.8, ISO 800, 30s

Perseid near Andromeda galaxy
Date: 12. August 2015 01:19 UT
Equipment: Nikon D3000, Tokina 11-16@11mm, f/2.8, ISO 1600, 60s

Sunspot AR2396 8 August 2015

Solar Prominence 8 Aug 2015

Solar activity has increased over the last few days, as one of the largest Sunspots AR2396 in the recent months is visible on the Solar limb that is facing towards the Earth. In just one day its surface increased by 50%. The growing sunspot group stretches more than 150,000 km from end to end. All by itself, the primary dark core is more than three times the size of Earth and can be observed even by naked eye using the adequate protection. View of the Sunspot and its surrounding in H-alpha light:

Sunspot AR2396 8 Aug 2015

Solar surface 8 Aug 2015

Sky this month – August 2015

Here is a list of astronomical events for given month. Location dependent events listed here are visible from central Europe.

August 2015:

8 – Occulataion of the bright α(alpha) Taurus – Aldebaran star with Moon at around 23:00UT. Exact time of the occultation depends on the location of the observer. Additional info

13 – The Perseids meteors peak with a ZHR of around 100. Maximum number of the meteors can be observed around 06:00UT to 09:00UT. The brightest meteors can be expect in the morning before the Sunrise.

13 – Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko at perihelion. A morning comet visible in larger telescopes, located in the constellation Taurus shining at the magnitude of around +12.0.

14 – New Moon.

21 – Conjunction between the Moon and Saturn as they pass within 2°30′ of each other.

22 – Occulataion of the bright θ(theta) Librae star with Moon at around 20:00UT. Exact time of the occultation depends on the location of the observer. Additional info

29 – Full Moon at 18:38 UT – Supermoon, named because of its large apparent size.