Eta Aquarids And Super Flower Moon Provide Out Of This World Viewing



Although the meteor shower favours the Southern Hemisphere, astronomers still expect dozens of shooting stars to crisscross the night skies.

Every May the Earth passes through the remnants of the Halley's comet, providing us with a yearly light show.

Every autumn, the Eta Aquarids meteor shower sets the sky ablaze.

There are other things you can see while looking at the Eta Aquarids.

As the comet races around the Sun, bits break off and are left behind in its tail. The debris is then left drifting in the space rock's trail.

The Eta Aquarids are one of two annual showers caused by pieces of Halley's Comet. The shower's name comes from the star from which they appear to come Eta Aquarii, which is part of the Aquarius constellation.

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Although the shower can be seen from all over the world, according to Earth Sky, "the Eta Aquariids are especially fine from Earth's Southern Hemisphere, and from the more southerly latitudes in the Northern Hemisphere". This fantastic celestial event which is active every year in the dark sky between April 19 and May 28 will peak on the intervening night of May 5 and 6, and will and can be seen from around 2.30 am just above the horizon in the East direction and moving slightly in the East-Southeast direction and moving toward the zenith with improved visibility till 5.30 am.

Meteor showers are typically best seen after midnight and before dawn when the skies are darkest.

But there is a catch - a bright Waxing Gibbous Moon threatens to wash out the sky.

This year, however, the shower happens at the same time as a full waxing gibbous moon, according to EarthSky. The good news, you don't have to wait long to view either. Lie flat on your back with your feet facing east and look up, allowing about 30 minutes in the dark for your eyes to adjust. Furthermore, the best views will be in areas away from city lights with low levels of light pollution.

Unfortunately, with the coronavirus lockdown in place, you are very limited in where you can watch the shower this year. It should still be possible to see a "shooting star" here and there for those viewing from May 1 to 3 during pre-dawn hours.

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