Gamma Normid meteor shower to light up the night sky over Somerset

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In March, you will be able to witness a spectacular meteor shower pass by the earth from Somerset.

It’s one of the most amazing things to witness, although they are very hard to catch.

The Gamma Normid meteor shower will be visible from Somerset on March 14, weather permitting.

It is the third meteor shower of the year to be visible from the South West.

On January 2 and 3, the Quadrantids meteor shower could be spotted, while the Alpha Centaurid was visible on February 8.

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Here is how you can see the Gamma Normid meteor shower from the comfort of Somerset.

What is the Gamma Normid meteor shower?

A Gamma Normid is a weak meteor shower that is active from February 25 until March 28, peaking on March 14 across Somerset.

The radiant can be located near the star ‘Gamma2 Normae’, which is part of the constellation Norma.

It is said that the Gamma Normid meteor shower passes at 56 km/s, making it hard to spot if you are not paying attention.

How to spot the Gamma Normid meteor shower

According to Chris Grimmer, location is very important for spotting a meteor shower.

You need to find a dark area away from any form of light, especially if you’re trying to capture it on camera.

Ideally, you have to get away from cities and towns to minimise street lighting risk, but with coronavirus restrictions in place, this could be more difficult.

You can still see some of the brighter meteors from lightly-polluted areas though.

Try and find a clear patch of sky to spot the meteors from which no cloud cover.

An app called ‘clear outside’ is recommended which can help you identify a clear patch without any risk of cloud cover.

To try and spot a meteor shower you have to be prepared to be patient.

NASA meteor expert Bill Cooke says to see a meteor shower without any special equipment you should: “Go outside, find a dark sky, lie flat on your back and look straight up.

“Be prepared to spend a couple of hours outside.”

Do you have a story or tip to tell in Taunton, Bridgwater or West Somerset? Email me at ross.millen@reachplc.com to get in contact





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