What to Know About the Eta Aquarid Meteor Shower

Eta Aquarids : Meteor Shower Peaks May 6th – Look Out for Shooting Start Over Perth

The Eta Aquariid Meteor Shower Can Be Best Seen This Week

You better look up, because the Eta Aquarid shower is best viewed from the Southern Hemisphere and one of the best observation spots is New Zealand.

Though meteors are some times called shooting stars, they are nothing but tiny particles burning up as they enter the atmosphere.

"In the Northern Hemisphere, Eta Aquarid meteors can more often be seen as 'earthgrazers.' Earthgrazers are long meteors that appear to skim the surface of the Earth at the horizon". It was at this time the Earth passes through a meteor shower high activity of ETA-Aquarids, peaking on those dates, but star rain will last until the end of the month.

The Eta Aquariids are sparked by debris left by Halley's Comet!

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It is only visible shortly before dawn from the tropics and Southern Hemisphere. Meteors leave luminous plume lasting from several seconds to several minutes.

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Halley's Comet is about 15 kilometres wide. NASA says the comet is featured in the Bayeux tapestry, which is an embroidered cloth that depicts the Battle of Hastings in 1066.

Like other comets, Halley's is a cosmic litterbug; about every three-quarters of a century as it sweeps closest to the sun, it leaves a "river of rubble" in its wake along its orbit.

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A front moving through South Florida today should clear the state by Saturday morning, leaving skies with 30 percent cloud cover and a 12 percent chance of rain.

This year, the best period to see the meteors will be in the early morning hours of May 6, according to NASA. First light on Saturday and Sunday is at 6:14 a.m. Sunrise Saturday is at 6:39 a.m. Sunrise Sunday is 6:38 a.m.

For most observers, the eta Aquariids are only visible during the last couple of hours before the start of morning twilight.

"If you go out, be patient", MacRobert said.

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