Eta Aquarid meteor shower peaks this week: How to watch the sizzling show

Bits of Halley's Comet are burning up in the atmosphere right now
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The Eta Aquarid meteor spotted over Georgia in 2012.

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After just a few weeks Lyrids Burning the night sky, the Eta Aquarid meteor shower is putting on its own spectacular show. This yearly meteor shower In the Southern Hemisphere is slightly more dramatic for skywatchers, but there is plenty to see from anywhere.

The source of the show is Halley’s Comet, one of the more well-known space snowballs around, most notably for General Xers and older millennials who may have missed their last tear through the internal solar system in 1986.

It will not return again until 2061, but every year around this time the earth flows through a cloud of dust and debris and remains behind from its previous voyages. These tiny fragments of cosmic detritus burn in our upper atmosphere, forming the so-called shooting stars we call the Eta Aquarids meteor shower.

According to the American Meteor Society, this bath became officially active around April 19, and can produce visible meteors through most of May. However, the ideal time to see these meteors would be during a week-long window that lasted from about three days before to three days after the peak of the shower, around the time of the morning of May 5. Occurs in

The AMS predicts that 10 to 30 meteors can be produced up to 10 hours per hour in the morning due to a stretch during that week.

It is not necessary to pay attention to a certain part of the sky to see these meteors. Known as the Eta Aquarids they rapidly and explore long trains in the sky as they flame out.

The best way is to get up early in the morning and venture away from light pollution and with a wide view of the sky. Find a place to lie on your back, allow your eyes to adjust and then just relax and watch. HAPPY SPOTTING!

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