Meteor shower peaks Wednesday morning; best viewing tonight

Rodiano Bonacci
Mag 5, 2020

The display is from Eta Aquarids, which is one of two meteor showers resulting from debris from Halley's Comet.

If you happen to miss out on this one, there is a second meteor shower created by the debris in October called the Orionid meteor shower.

As the famous comet races around the Sun, its rocky body crumbles under the star's intense heat.

Alas, Halley's comet itself won't be making an appearance, but the show will still be well worth it for astronomically inclined families.

"Comets are dirty snowballs and they leave trails of dust in their orbits".

Jacquie Milner at the Mount Burnett Observatory told 7News lucky stargazers could see about 16 to 20 meteors an hour during the peak. The shower's name comes from the star from which they appear to come Eta Aquarii, which is part of the Aquarius constellation.

If you're a slightly savvier stargazer, look for Aquarius in the night sky.

The best place to view the shower is somewhere away from artificial light where your eyes will have plenty of time to adjust to the dark. Lie back with your feet facing east and loop up, taking in as much of the sky as possible.

"You will see Eta Aquarid meteors shooting upward from the eastern horizon", AMS writes. So, that's what you'll be looking for in the sky.

"At the peak, I've seen estimates of 30 [to] 60 shooting stars an hour, although a lot of those are likely to be fainter and so hard to see with the moonlight", she said.

Like many meteor showers, the Eta Aquariid can only be seen in the morning, with the best viewing for Australians being 2am to 5am on Wednesday, Professor Brown added. This year, the meteor shower will also have to compete with an almost-full moon, so you'll catching a glimpse pre-dawn after the moon sets is your best bet.

The residents of northern hemisphere, including the resident of Qatar, will have a good chance to seeing and observing Eta Aquarid meteor shower, which will illuminate northern hemisphere sky from the evening of tomorrow till the dawn of Wednesday, Qatar Calendar House (QCH) has announced. "Not many people in the world have seen it".

The shower produces up to 50 meteors an hour but in mid-northern latitudes, the hourly rate might drop to about 10 shooting stars an hour.

Altre relazioniGrafFiotech

Discuti questo articolo

Segui i nostri GIORNALE