Halley's Comet Bringing Meteor Shower To The Night Sky Next Week

Rodiano Bonacci
Mag 4, 2020

Halley Comet needs to around 76 years to make a complete revolution around Sun so it can be seen from earth every 76th year where the last time seen from earth was in 1986, while the next time to be seen in 2062.

The improved air quality because of coronavirus lockdowns could also improve visibility for the meteor shower, The Weather Channel reported.

There are other things you can see while looking at the Eta Aquarids. The debris is then left drifting in the space rock's trail.

Halley's Comet won't swing by Earth again until 2061, but you could see pieces of it this week.

The Eta Aquarids meteor shower (also spelled as Eta Aquarids) which appears to emerge from the brightest star of the constellation Aquarius called the Eta Aquarii.

To get the best views of the shower, find a spot far away from city and street lights, lie back with your feet facing east, look up, and wait half an hour for your eyes to adjust.

The shower usually lasts few a weeks between April and May, and this year's peak on Tuesday night will see about 10-20 meteors streaking across the sky per hour.

There's never a bad time for a meteor shower, but a global pandemic might be one of the best times.

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

A super moon happens when a full moon is at the closest point in its orbit to Earth.

Meteor showers are celestial events during which several meteors appear to originate from a single point in the night sky-what's known as the radiant. 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.

The Observatory said: "Hunting for meteors, like the rest of astronomy, is a waiting game, so it's best to bring a comfy chair to sit on and to wrap up warm as you could be outside for a while".

Using binoculars or telescopes to watch the event will, however, limit your field of view along with the number of meteors you will see. Fast meteors tend to leave glowing dust "trains" behind them, producing magnificent "shooting stars".

Keep in mind to dress appropriately if you watch the shower from your backyard.

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