Is the time of the year when Eta Aquarids is giving us the annual meteor shower. It started on April 18, and it will last until May 29, but the peak activity is on May 5. If you compare Eta Aquariids with Leonids, the Perseids, or the Geminids, then the word “peak” wouldn’t be proper since it is not as spectacular.
But for some, Eta Aquarids’ delicacy is preferable. It takes patience and concentration to see its meteors, but when you do, so it’s even more rewarding due to the effort. Recommendations are to lay on the ground and wait for half an hour to let the eyes adjust to the light and distance.
Eta Aquarids Meteor Shower to Peak on May 5
Of course, it would help if you live in the northern hemisphere and away from the city lights that act as a polluting factor. Anywhere you are, turn off every source of light you possibly can. Start with your phone. Phones aren’t to be looked at during this time, and the light will impair the eye’s capacity to see the meteors.
“Lie flat on your back with your feet facing east and look up, taking in as much of the sky as possible. After about 30 minutes in the dark, your eyes will adapt and you will begin to see meteors. Be patient—the show will last until dawn, so you have plenty of time to catch a glimpse,” NASA advises.
Hundreds of years ago, Eta Aquarids meteor shower segregated from the Halley’s Comet. The shower’s radiant lies in the constellation Aquarius, near the star Eta Aquarii, thus the name of the shower. In the northern hemisphere, the rate of the peak is a meteor per minute at speeds of about 44 miles (66km) per second. Also, keep your eyes on the Moon on May 7. It looks like she’s going to put up a supermoon show.
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