Beginning right this moment, Might 4, and lasting by Thursday, Might 6, the Eta Aquariid meteor bathe shall be twinkling within the predawn sky. Although these within the Southern Hemisphere may have one of the best views of the Eta Aquariids (the truth is, it’s among the finest meteor showers of the yr for residents within the Southern Hemisphere), however these within the mid-northern latitudes, and possibly even in some southern U.S. states, can nonetheless see fairly the present.
The Eta Aquariid meteor bathe hails from the constellation Aquarius, and extra particularly the star Eta Aquarii, in accordance with EarthSky. Nevertheless, it’s Halley’s comet that’s chargeable for the meteors. Each late April and early Might, Earth crosses the orbital path of Halley’s comet and shards from the comet dissipate in Earth’s environment, giving us Earthlings one thing fairly to take a look at.
The most effective time to catch a glimpse of the Eta Aquariid meteor bathe is simply earlier than daybreak on Might 5, although meteors will probably seem within the early morning sky of Might 4 and 6, as nicely.
The waning crescent moon would possibly trigger some issues for meteor viewing, EarthSky warns, because the brightness may wash out a few of the meteors. So, to up your probabilities of seeing the bathe, attempt to sit in a “moon shadow,” that being a spot the place the moon is blocked out but an enormous expanse of sky continues to be seen — EarthSky suggests a spot the place mountains might block out your view of the moon within the predawn sky.
There’s additionally probability for the Eta Aquariids to depart these lovely trails behind them, that are brought on by ionized matter left in a meteor’s wake.
Once more, one of the best spot to take a look at this bathe is within the Southern Hemisphere. However, in case you’re a Northern Hemisphere resident, don’t fret. The Perseid meteor bathe, which is able to happen from August 11 by 13 and is among the Northern Hemisphere’s most prolific meteor showers of the yr, promising lengthy trains and vibrant meteors due to a darkish waxing crescent moon.