May 7, 2011 by USA Post
Meteor Shower, Halley’s comet, perhaps the most infamous of them all, will illuminate the night sky in a dazzling display that will be visible to everyone, if time permits.
The annual meteor shower Eta Aquarids will peak early tomorrow morning and probably nightgazers emotion, if we have the luck to have a clear sky. Another good news is that because of his position, the moon will not interfere with the meteor shower, as it did last month Lyrids shower.
The Eta Aquarids are meteors created by the pieces left by Halley’s comet, which travels through the solar system in orbit 76. Technically speaking the display lasts from April 28 to May 21, but tomorrow (May 6) will mark its defined maximum, at least according to the American Meteor Society.
“Under ideal conditions (dark sky, no moon) from 30 to 60 of these very fast meteors per hour can be seen,” reports skywatching SPACE.com columnist Joe Rao. “And with the new moon on May 3 this is one of the years in which to observe the conditions will be perfect.”
The conditions appear to be perfect, and aside from the occasional tag (or, of course, pollution), there should be nothing standing between you and the meteor shower. Earth passes through Halley trails waste twice a year, once in October, and of course, once in May. But this is just a teaser for when the comet will pass close to Earth in 2061.
Comet Halley is undoubtedly the best known of all short-period comets, and is visible on our planet every 75 or 76 years, which means there is a good chance that we will see – but only once. However, the comet is only clearly visible to the nked eye, and while other comets could be brighter, they just pass by Earth every few centuries or so.
Astronomers report that Comet Halley at least since 240 BC, and nearly two millennia later, in 1986, his appearance, became the first comet to be observed in detail by the ship, providing important information on the comet nucleus and “metabolism” and behavior of comets.
So sky watchers, if the weather is kind to you, go and enjoy this beautiful meteor shower, because the conditions this year are excellent, and if you happen to take a picture or two, not so kind to share with the rest of us.
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