Drawing a meteor shower
On several occasions in the past, I have drawn the Perseid meteor shower. I am not sure if anyone else has done this ? I might be the only mad woman to have tried. The Perseids are fast and are therefore in my opinion the most fun meteor shower of the year. With luck the sky is clear and the air is warm. You can sit back and be enthralled by the action of ancient pieces of comet debris hitting our atmosphere at 37 miles a second.
Video about the method
Because it is an enjoyable excercise, I decided to share how I go about recording the meteors in the video above. The pencil drawings are done on the night in real-time. I use a clip board and an A4 sheet of paper. The colour version is usually produced the following day. It is difficult to see colour properly in the dark. It is, therefore, more practical to do the data transfer the next day.
What you end up with is a drawing which clearly shows the radient. That is the area in space where these meteors mainly eminate from. Of course you will see many more perseids than you record as you are limiting your drawing to one section of sky. It would be some odd piece of paper that would facilitate the capture of all the meteors you might see. 🙂 That would be one very busy session.
Enjoy and learn
Mostly the drawings are made up from meteors seen on different dates over time. Enjoying the perseids is the most important thing because every year they offer one of natures best entertainments. This is a simple method of recording what you see visually. Its a method for anyone to try, a kinaesthetic learning curve for total beginers. A fun practical approach for the more experienced with no high tech equipment needed. There is more infomation on the drawing from August 2010 (in the video) in this blog here