Eta Aquarid meteor shower: Here’s how to see the spectacular light show
The Eta Aquarid meteor shower — which is usually active between April 15 and May 28 — is visible as the Earth passes through a field of debris left behind by the famous Halley’s Comet. Shooting stars associated with the Eta Aquarids may also be visible on the nights near the peak. Here’s what you need to know about the meteor shower. The best time to view the meteor shower will be from late Thursday night into early Friday morning.
Meteor showers are best viewed during the dark hours before dawn, according to NASA. After about 30 minutes in the dark, your eyes will adapt and you will begin to see meteors. Skywatchers in the Southern Hemisphere will typically observe around 40 meteors per hour, according to the International Meteor Organization (IMO). For those viewing in New York City, there will be rates of 10 to 30 meteors per hour just before dawn, according to IMO.
You don’t need any special equipment or skills to view a meteor shower. Dress for the weather, and make sure you’re comfortable if you plan to stay out long. The radiant point of this meteor shower is located near the constellation Aquarius, according to timeanddate. If you miss the Eta Aquarids meteor shower, the Delta Aquarids will peak from July 29 to 30.
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