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Ete Aquarid meteor shower to amaze viewers around the world



By Brian Lada, AccuWeather meteorologist and staff author
May 04, 2019, 5:35:35 PM EDT

At a glance at Eta Aquarids:

  • Visible in all parts of the sky
  • Peak on Saturday night and early Sunday morning
  • Up to 30 meteor per hour in the United States

This weekend will include the second meteor shower in so many weeks as the Earth goes through a trail of remnants left behind by one of the most well-known comets in recent history.

The annual meteor Eta Aquarid shower will reach its peak on Saturday, May 4, to the early hours of Sunday, May 5, but the number of meteors visible to magazines will depend on their location worldwide. .

“This shower happens to be one of the showers, if not the best, in the Southern Hemisphere and our moderate shower for the Northern Hemisphere,” says AccuWeather Astronomy Dave Samuhel.

“From the equator around the north, they usually only produce medium rates of 10-30 an hour just before dawn,” said the International Meteor Foundation (IMO) on their website. Meanwhile, those to the south of the equator can expect over 40 meteors per hour on the peak night.

“The meteors are the most numerous in the hours leading up to the dawn,” added Samuhel.

This year will be a particularly good year for Eta Aquarids as the top of the shower coincides with the new moon, which means small meteors will be easier to see because of the lack of light the moon t .

Meteor Shower May 4

The best viewing conditions are expected on Saturday night across the Pacific Northwest, central Rockies and along a region of Michigan to northeast Texas where cloudless conditions will bring uninterrupted views of the meteor showers.

It is anticipated that by Little Rock, Arkansas, through St. Louis and Chicago viewers will have good viewing conditions, but light pollution from the cities can make it hard to see many of the less shot stars.

Meanwhile, those across the east of the United States are unlikely to be able to see Eta Aquarids this year because of a far-reaching storm spreading clouds and rain across the region.

Quick clouds and showers can spot magazines across the Upper Midwest and California.

The weather will improve across East U. on Sunday night, allowing people to see some meteors despite the fact that the showers are falling the night before.

See also: Conditions of viewing meteor showers for Europe

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The origin of the EAT Aquarids can be traced back to the remains and dust left behind by one of the most famous comets recently.

“Eta Aquarids is one of two meteor showers inspired by Halley's Comet,” said Samuhel. “The other is the Orionids in October.” T

The meteors associated with the Eta Aquarids will spin from the south-east; however, meteors will be visible in all parts of the sky, not just near the radiant point. In fact, focusing on the radiant point alone will reduce the overall number of meteors you will see during the shower.

To see the greatest number of meteors, it's better to lie in a lawn chair or on the ground and to take as much of the night sky as possible. It is also important to be patient and let your eyes adjust to the darkness. This means avoiding looking at any light source for over 20 minutes, such as a mobile phone or street light.


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People who lose the Eta Aquarids will need to wait until mid-summer before feteors once again have a shower from the cosmos.

The end of July will include only two meteor shower falls on the same night. The celestial double header will take place on the night of July 29 to July 30 with the top of the delta Aquarids and the South Capricornids.

This two meteor shower will bring a combined total of around 20 meteors per hour, according to the IMO, including some fireballs that could illuminate the whole air.

“What is remarkable [the alpha Capricornids] is the number of bright fireballs produced during its activity period, ”said the IMO.


Questions or comments? Email Brian Lada at Brian.Lada@accuweather.com and make sure you follow him on Twitter!

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