How you can view the stunning Eta Aquariid meteor shower tonight

James Marshall
November 25, 2020

"You'll see shooting stars or meteors appearing to fly outwards from Aquarius", the observatory said on Twitter.

Here's everything you need to know to catch the astronomical spectacles.

In the Northern Hemisphere, the radiant is much lower on the horizon, resulting in a lower number of shooting stars - about 10 meteors an hour.

Dr. Bashir Marzouq added that the famous comet Halley is the source of the meteor shower Eta Al-Delawiyyat (Eta Aquarid), when the earth moves in its orbit around the sun and passes near the granules of dust left behind by the comet during the month of May of each year so that these grains intersect with the Earth's atmosphere.

Bits from the Eta Aquariids streak through the sky at around 148,000 miles for each hour, making it one of the quickest meteor showers. Well, Meburnians and Sydney-siders can look to the sky this evening for one of this year's brightest meteor showers.

The meteor shower is named after its radiant point near the constellation Aquarius, shown above.

Last week, the Lyrid meteor shower reached its peak, treating stargazers to up to 20 meteors shooting through the sky per hour. It is the fourth super moon and final for 2020. But although this may make it harder to pick out as many meteors, it also means the entire sky will be putting on a show, amateur astronomer Ian Musgrave told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC). I asked Siri how old Halley's Comet it and she said 4.5 billion years.

It was last visible in 1986 and won't be visible from Earth again until 2061. NASA explained: "Going by the seasons, as the second full Moon of spring, the Native American tribes of the northeastern United States called this the Flower Moon, as flowers are abundant this time of year in most of these areas".

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Super moon over Bondi Beach. The moon will appear slightly bigger, and in turn, slightly larger than normal.

Hobby astronomer and founder of Under Lucky Stars Zoltan Toth-Czifra says spectators won't need a pair of binoculars or a telescope to catch it.

The bad weather is set to clear from midnight for the bottom of the North Island and parts of the South island, but Farmer couldn't say whether it would be in time to see the celestial event.

With people isolating and expelling less pollution, the view will be clearer than usual - depending on cloud cover in your city. Lie flat on your back with your feet facing east and look up, allowing about 30 minutes in the dark for your eyes to adjust.

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