Monte Vista Journal
The last time we saw comet Halley was in 1986, and it won’t return until 2061, but it left a trail of debris in its path as it went around the Sun. Earth intersects this debris at two different places during its orbit around the Sun, forming two separate meteor showers: the Orionids in October, and the Aquariids in May. Comet dust smashes into Earth’s upper atmosphere at nearly 150,000 mph.
The Eta Aquariids is visible pre-dawn in the east southeast when the constellation Aquarius rises into the sky. Unfortunately, the Eta Aquariid meteors are primarily visible in the Southern hemisphere where they put on quite a display. What’s interesting about these meteors, and makes them worth watching, is that many of them will be “earth grazers.
The Eta Aquariids peak on the morning of May 6, with good displays also on the 5th and 7th.
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