Post by somersetstokie on Jul 31, 2020 8:01:09 GMT
Sounds impressive but not surprising. The end of July, running into August is effectively a "meteor season" with lots of opportunities to see them, if you are looking in the right areas. Meteors, or rather meteor showers, are regular annual events, such as the Perseid shower that comes around each August, with a peak around the 12th and continuing to about the 23rd. The meteors collectively are usually the remnants of comets whose footprints the Earth passes through on its Annual orbit of the sun.
This sighting was most probably part of the Delta Aquariid meteor shower: The Aquariids are one of two meteor showers that appear to originate in the constellation Delta Aquarii - hence their name. The Delta Aquariids are active each year between mid-July and the last week of August, occuring in two seperate waves, known as the Southern Aquarids, currently active, and the Northern Aquarids which follow later.
This year, astronomers said the shower would peak in the early morning hours of Wednesday, July 29. During the peak, the Royal Observatory predicts as many as 20 meteors an hour will be visible.