A rare starfall was filmed in the sky over the Urals

A rare starfall was filmed in the sky over the Urals
A rare starfall was filmed in the sky over the Urals
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In the Urals, they managed to photograph a rare meteor shower - the Aurigids. This starfall is unique in its sudden activity. The Aurigids could be seen in the night sky on September 1. In the Urals, they were noticed by the amateur astronomer Ilya Yankovsky, who captured the peak of the meteor shower in the Sverdlovsk region.

This starfall was discovered relatively recently, in 1935, and it is famous, first of all, for rare and sudden bursts of activity. The strongest of them were observed in 1935, 1986, 1994, 2019. At the peak of activity, up to 50 meteors can be seen in the sky, although on average the Aurigids generate only six celestial bodies per hour. These space objects are generated by a comet, whose period of revolution is 2489 years.

Predicting a burst of meteor shower activity began in 2007. Then astronomers recorded a record, seeing about 130 shooting stars per hour - that's about two meteors per minute. Predictions came true in 2021: astronomers reported a possible surge in Aurigid activity on the night of September 1. Scientists estimate that the Earth will not cross the comet's tail in the same way for about 70 years, but at the beginning of autumn, individual falling meteors can be seen every year.

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