A live video of a recent meteor cluster shooting over Hawaii was caught by the Subaru-Asahi Sky Camera.
During the small, pre-dawn hours of July 14, 2021, there were reportedly dozens of meteors that blazed across the quite brilliantly clear starry skies seen over Maunakea, Hawaii.
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The event was reportedly livestreamed to hundreds of different people around the world through the use of the Subaru-Asahi's Sky Camera.
Livestream viewer Fukuro explained via the Subaru Telescope's website that at first, Fukuro thought that it was initially just a series of smaller meteors.
Fukuro then noted that by the time that everything was double-checked for a tally, Fukuro noticed a number of small meteors visibly coming from the exact same direction at the same time.
At exactly 3:58AM local time, the meteors had all streamed from the same particular point in the sky within a period of 10 seconds.
Meanwhile, other telescopes like the Hubble Space Telescope have been able to capture incredible images like the Supermassive Black Hole's eating habits.
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According to the story by ScienceAlert, this is reportedly not the normal pattern that can be observed during meteor showers. These usually appear more randomly in the skies whenever Earth sweeps through the whole orbit of comet tail remnants.
The whole excited online chatter regarding the phenomenon alerted Subaru Telescope camera administrator Ichi Tanaka who then reportedly contacted the astronomers that are currently analyzing the data.
Vice-director of National Astronomical Observatory of Japan, and planetary scientist Junichi Watanabe gave a statement. It was noted that the scientific significance of capturing what was such a rare phenomenon is considered extremely great, and it is also especially significant due to the overall duration of the event which was longer compared to previous cases.
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It was also noted that the fact that the camera was reportedly located at Maunakea, which is considered one of the best observation sites in the world, was another major factor in being able to capture such a rare event.
Thisis in addition to other recent developments when it comes to camera technology.
It was noted that there have only been a few meteor clusters documented ever since the phenomenon was reportedly identified back in 1997. This includes one which was earlier caught this 2021 by the University of Arizona's very own camera systems located in San Diego.
The cluster of seven meteors reportedly occurred within just 3 seconds of each other. Watanabe reportedly described an explanatory mechanism for this particular type of meteor clustering with colleagues back in 2003.
This was based on the evidence from Leonids meteor storm.
Researchers had been able to calculate that for these particular bits of space rock to swarm into the skies very close together in both timing and distance, they would actually have a very small difference in velocity between them. This is if they had been fractured directly or even soon after directly breaking from a certain comet.
In related news, Hubble Space Telescope was able to capture 'clashing' galaxies and other incredible space images.
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Written by Urian B.