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No Show Leonids

Last night, I attempted to view the Leonid meteors that were supposedly powering through the dark sky. What a disappointment. They were a no show for me. All I managed to see was a gate. Lol.

  • My night-time photo was captured on my mobile phone.

The Leonids are associated with the comet Tempel–Tuttle. The Leonids get their name from the location of their radiant in the constellation Leo: the meteors appear to radiate from that point in the sky.

The next chance of capturing some meteors will be on the 21st November, when the Alpha Monocerotids will be at their peak – approximately 5 per minute. The meteor shower takes place within the boundaries constellation of Monoceros… however, I think I’m in the wrong part of the world to view them 😂

Monoceros is named after the fantasy animal the unicorn. The constellation was created by the Dutch astronomer Petrus Plancius after gathering information from Dutch navigators in the 17th century. Monoceros is a Latin name, and the constellation looks like an animal with a horn.

Monoceros is easy to find due to its proximity to Orion. The Milky Way passes right through the middle of the constellation.

Anyways… here is a photo of the Moon from last night too, from my DSLR – I find the Moon incredibly difficult to capture – firstly, it moves too quickly, and then there is focus, noise, pollution.. and getting settings right on camera, etc…

The Moon
  • Manual Focus
  • ISO 100
  • F/11
  • 1/100 sec
  • 270 mm (cropped)

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5 comments

    1. Yeah, the clouds are a big problem here too. I guess, we were lucky last night to have none, but sadly a no show from the Leonids.

      The last time I saw a decent Meteor shower was around 7 years ago. They were shooting through the night sky every 30 seconds, or so. It was quite a sight to behold.

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    1. It’s the first time that I’ve used the star trail setting on it John. It was only a one minute exposure, so there was no visible trails. If I’d left it longer, they’d have been quite visible. The phone is the Huwaei Honor 9.

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