Witness the Spectacular Eta Aquarid Meteor Shower: Find Out Where, When, and How to Watch
While the skies will still be dusky and waiting for dawn to unfold, streaks of shooting stars will light up the sky that even the casual observer will be able to witness its full glory. The Eta Aquarid meteor shower offers a spectacular meteor shower for the month of May. The skies could witness up to 50 meteors per hour during its peak, Cooke told Space. If stargazers want to bask the shower in its full peak, they will be required to stay overnight on May 4 and May 5 and for better viewing, they have to be in an open field where they are away from the city lights that can disrupt the view. Read Also: Space Events 2022: NASA Missions, Meteor Showers, and More You Need to Watch Out This spring meteor shower occurs every year in May, it is only one of the two annual showers caused by pieces of Halley's Comet.
The Eta Aquarids are named after their radiant point in the constellation Aquarius, which is near the vicinity on one of its brightest stars called Eta Aquarii. The meteors are remnants of litter left behind by Comet Halley, the most famous periodic comet that passes by every 76 years. It is worth noting that the Eta Aquarids do not produce as many meteors per hours compared to the Perseid meteor in August that usually shows 50-100 meteors, this also happens to be the most anticipated shower display every year. However, scientists note that Aquarids are still bright, if not brighter. Since the meteors will come from Eta Aquarii, viewers from mid-northern latitudes will not witness that much radiance in the sky. If the skywatcher is located near the equator, they will have the best views because the Aquarius constellation is more present in the Southern sky.
Observers from the Southern Hemisphere will also revel in the full glory of the Aquarids since its radiance will be prominent in the North. To locate the constellation with accuracy and ensure better viewing, here are some of the apps that can guide you: Cooke recommends the viewer to lie flat on their back and look straight up to enjoy the widest view in the sky. Related Article: James Webb Space Telescope Shows Never-Before-Seen Images of the Cosmos
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