How and When to Watch the Eta Aquarids Meteor Shower From Halley’s Comet
The 2022 Eta Aquarids meteor shower runs from April 19 to May 28 and is visible all over the United States. The meteor shower peaks on May 4, 5, and 6 before dawn and is best seen in areas free of artificial light. Halley’s comet is the parent of this magnificent meteor shower. Grab your sleeping bags and lawn chair because for the next two days constellation lovers will have the opportunity to see a major celestial event.
The celestial event is named after the Aquarius constellation and began April 19 and will end on May 28, 2022. During the morning of May 4, 5, and 6 before dawn, you’ll likely get the best view of the meteor shower because the peak of the shower stretches over several days. The predicted peak time for the meteor shower is May 5 at 4 am UTC, according to The American Meteor Society. In the southern half of the United States, residents may see 10 to 20 meteors per hour in the evening when the moon doesn’t shine.
You won’t need any special equipment to watch the meteor shower, but it’s always best to find a dark, open sky away from any artificial light that may interfere with seeing the meteors. Halley’s Comet is the parent comet of the Eta Aquarids meteor shower. The comet takes about 76 years to orbit the sun, so we don’t typically have the opportunity to get close to it during its orbit and experience a meteor shower.
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