When to see the Eta Aquariids meteor shower this week
Stargazers may want to set their alarms a bit earlier this week, as the 2022 Eta Aquariids meteor shower will bring an extra dose of magic to the pre-dawn morning skies. This year’s Eta Aquariids shower already has been underway for a few weeks, but it will peak with elevated numbers of meteors during the mornings of May 4, 5 and 6, EarthSky reports. The springtime spectacle is one of two annual meteor showers occuring when the Earth passes through the orbit of the famous Halley’s Comet; while the comet itself is only visible once every 76 years or so (returning in 2061), its orbit contains debris that creates meteors upon entering our atmosphere.
The Eta Aquariids meteor shower is most impressive when observed in the Southern Hemisphere, but the spectacle can still be seen low in the sky before sunrise in the Northern Hemisphere, according to EarthSky. More details about the 2022 Eta Aquariids can be found at EarthSky. World’s oldest loon pair returns to Michigan for 26th summer
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