More meteors in the skies

James Marshall
May 6, 2020

The Eta Aquarid meteor shower is created by debris from "Halley Comet" where the earth passes through the dust and debris it leaves behind during end of April till the last week of May every year.

As far as the comet itself?

"The second time (is) in October when the stream is going with us".

Comet Halley comes by the Earth every 76 years and was last here in 1986 and won't be in our part of the solar system again until about 2061.

The Southern Hemisphere will get the best display, but it is visible in the North, too.

While the visibility of the meteors will be largely reduced due to the full moon, stargazers will still have the chance to see the shower near dawn. Look out your windows tonight, not for the sounds of people clapping, but because a meteor shower is expected to light up Singapore's sky.

The point in the sky where the Eta Aquariids appear to emerge from is in the direction of the constellation Aquarius.

Use your naked eye; binoculars or telescopes tend to limit the field of view. "That's particularly important with a shower that has a radiant so low in the sky".

Sky conditions will also be an important factor.

We track more clear skies in the forecast for Tuesday.

More meteors in the skies
More meteors in the skies

The number of meteors you'll see depends upon where you live in Australia.

The best way to watch for them, according to NASA, is to lie on your back and look straight up as it gives you the widest view of the sky without getting neck strain.

Astronomy Live Stream also presents nightly views of the sky over Colorado.

In the early hours of Wednesday morning, Kiwis will be treated to an impressive meteor shower.

But, if you sleep in or the weather isn't great, you can still see meteors a day or so before or after!

When a typical "meteoroid" hits the top of the atmosphere, it is travelling around a hundred thousand kilometres per hour.

We also will have trouble seeing a lot of meteors in Montana.

The Eta Aquariids have been known to produce up to 50 shooting stars an hour. Their speed - 148,000 miles per hour, according to NASA - makes them fast-traveling meteors, which means that they produce incandescent trains of debris that can last anywhere from several seconds to minutes when they collide with the Earth's atmosphere.

That's the reason they appear on certain dates and return annually - as these comets are on an orbit and leave debris in certain parts of space.

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