THE DELTA AQUAARIIDS METHEOR SHOWER:
This 120 x 40 cm piece was created during the sunset of the 28th of July of 2019, during the peak night of the Delta aquariids metheor shower the painting was left outside, underneath the summer night sky.
The Delta Aquariids get their name because their radiant appears to lie in the constellation Aquarius, near one of the constellation's brightest stars, Delta Aquarii.
Most meteor showers are caused by the debris left behind from comets that melt as they orbit the Sun. Each year, the Earth passes through some of these debris paths and small dust grains hit Earth’s atmosphere at enormously high speeds. They heat up in the atmosphere and disintegrate in flashes of light that we call meteors.
The comet that created the debris for the Delta Aquarids is not quite known, but it may be from a comet called 96P Machholz, which only takes about five years to orbit the Sun.
Photo: @squaresbyrose at Haley's Comet Breakfast Club
- 4 Nov (2019) / 1 March (2020): Haley's Comet, The Hague
Acrylic on Canvas - 120cm x 40 cm