How to watch the Perseids with the Meade reflectors telescope
Meade’s reflectors are a wonderful way to view the sky with the naked eye, but they can be hard to find in the mountains or the far reaches of the world.
If you want to see them, you’ll have to be brave.
But now, thanks to a $1 million donation from the Australian Astronomical Society, it’s possible to see some of the Perseid meteor showers with your own eyes.
The telescope will launch on the space station on Wednesday, July 11, and will provide views of the northern hemisphere’s meteor shower from a safe distance.
“The mission is funded by the Australian Space Research Organisation and it will be operated by the Meldor Astronomical Observatory,” said Meldorf-Schleicher.
“It’s an enormous undertaking, it takes a significant amount of time and effort and we are extremely grateful to the Australian National University for their support.”
To be able to see the meteor showers, you first need to get to the space center.
Meldorf Schleichers team says they’ve managed to get some of their instruments onto the space shuttle to ensure that the spacecraft will arrive at the observatory on time to take the telescope off the ground and into space.
“If we were able to land it on the ground today, it would take about eight hours to get the telescope up there and then it would be a two-hour drive back,” he said.
“So we have got a few other things we’re doing, we have the instrument package on board, but we’re in a position where we have to take it off and take it up and down.”
The telescope is expected to launch at around 7:30pm AEDT on Thursday, July 12, and the first sighting will be at about 4:30am on Thursday.
“We’re looking for the constellation of Orion, which is in the middle of the constellation Perseus,” Mr Schleickers said.
“The constellation Orion is very important for astronomy and it’s important for us to see it.”
And if we were lucky enough to see a constellation like Perseus, that would be amazing.
“You can watch the meteors on the telescope using a telescope at your own risk.”
You can have a look at the Orion constellation, but you cannot actually look at it directly because you have to use a telescope,” Mr Schwarting said.
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