KU faculty member poses for a meteor shower

KU faculty member poses for a meteor shower

A faculty member of Engineer Absar Ahmad Khan of the Institute of Space Science and Technology University Karachi caught a meteor shower. – News for the newspaper

The university said in a statement that Engineer Absar Ahmad Khan, a faculty member of the Institute of Space Science and Technology, Karachi, took a picture of the meteor shower on the night of December 13, 2020.

Khan shared that the meteor shower is a celestial event in which several meteors are observed to rotate or form from one point in the night sky. Pakistan is located in the Northern Hemisphere and last night saw a fair amount of spectacle.

Khan mentioned that they are often called shooting stars. According to him, the Gemini Meteor Shower, popularly known as the Summer Shower, froze the night sky on December 13 and is expected to continue on the night of December 14.

“Because this particular rain starts from the constellation Gemind, they are named after him,” he said.

Khan said the rate of Geminid showers was even better this year, as the peak of the shower almost rises with the new moon, so there is a dark deep sky and no moonlight to wash away the faded meteors.

However, he pointed out that since Karachi is very polluted with light, it is difficult to capture these meteor showers on camera, but he was seen with the naked eye staring at the vast sky.

Engineer Khan said that various attempts have been made by KUSST to capture at least one visible shower. This meteor shower sinks into the Earth’s atmosphere at 22 miles per second, and when it evaporates into waves, we call them “shooting stars.”

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