Arietid Meteor Shower Can’t Be Seen But Can Be Heard
While it might not be the most popular meteor shower to grace our planet, the Arietids are considered one of the most impactful daylight showers in the skies.Advertisement
Astronomers are not clear where the Arietids come from. Asteroid 1566 Icarus is suggested as most likely, but the celestial object’s orbit has similarities to that of 96P/Machholz.
Nevertheless, what is known is the fact that Arietids spring from constellations Aries and Perseus. Inverse.com notes that as the two constellations are viewable when they are close to the sun, it is difficult to catch a glimpse of the meteors except a small window of a few hours in the early morning.
But those enthusiastic about the Arietids need not worry. Although it is difficult to watch the meteors whirring through the sky, the sound they make as they strike the Earth’s atmosphere at almost 87,000 miles per hour and, as result, burn, can be heard.
According to NASA, “As [Arietid and zeta Perseid] move rapidly through the air, these specks of space dust heat and ionize the gas around them. During major meteor showers like the Arietids and zeta Perseids, radio signals from TV stations, RADAR facilities, and AM/FM transmitters are constantly bouncing off these short-lived meteor trails. Whenever a meteor passes overhead with the correct geometry, radio listeners can hear a brief ‘blip’ (the reflected signal of the distant transmitter) on the receiver’s loudspeaker.”
One can head to the Spaceweather Radio, which gathers radio signals emanated from meteor trails through a Yagi antennae. As noted by CityLab.com, the broadcast is conducted by radio engineer Stan Nelson in Roswell, New Mexico.
The celestial event takes place each June.