The Eta Aquariid Meteor Shower Can Be Best Seen This Week

The Eta Aquariid Meteor Shower Can Be Best Seen This Week

The best opportunity to see the meteor showers this year is this weekend, during the peak.

The best place to spot them is near the Aquarius constellation. The flash was seen at around 9 p.m.by several drivers in the West Los Angeles area.

They might originate in that part of the sky, but they'll fly every which way, which means it really doesn't matter where you're looking, as long as you're somewhere away from the lights of the city.

"In the Northern Hemisphere, Eta Aquarid meteors can more often be seen as 'earthgrazers.' Earthgrazers are long meteors that appear to skim the surface of the Earth at the horizon. Be patient - the show will last until dawn, so you have plenty of time to catch a glimpse". Tonight there will be up to 50 meteors going by in an hour.




When is the meteor shower?

"Beause the Water Jar is on the celestial equator - an imaginary great circle directly above the Earth's equator - the radiant of the Eta Aquarid shower rises due east as seen from all over the world". It is one of two annual meteor showers from Halley's Comet.

"But it's not. The reason it's not is that sunrise comes later to the Southern Hemisphere (where it's autumn in May) and earlier to the Northern Hemisphere (where it's spring in May)". When the radiant is close to the horizon, you'll find those long-lasting meteors.

Though meteors are some times called shooting stars, they are nothing but tiny particles burning up as they enter the atmosphere. The shower will peak early tomorrow morning, but will still be visible for the days following. In the middle you can see about 30 this akvarid within the hour. Sometimes you catch a good number of them and sometimes you don't. "These are swift meteors that produce a high percentage of persistent trains, but few fireballs". A reclining chair and blankets can help to keep one's neck from tiring.

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