Meteor Shower Tonight
May 7, 2011 by staff
Meteor Shower Tonight, 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.
If you look up into the cosmos on the morning of Saturday, or Friday morning at the latest, depending on how you look – you can see a session of meteors in the sky.
The Eta Aquarids meteor shower will take place will take place between 3:30 am and 5:30 am on Saturday, May 7, according to Daniel Herrera of the Atlanta Astronomy Club. Each year, two showers occur when particles of dust from Halley’s comet passes by the earth. “It takes a bit of commitment to be at that time, sure,” said Herrera, but it is worth the drama.
He said the Meteorological Survey estimates that 10 to 12 meteors per hour will be visible, giving a good opportunity to see a show. The meteors will appear near the constellation Aquarius.
The dark sky is always best, says Herrera, so that the prediction of the morning for the shower should be good news for viewers.
Herrera, who organizes observations to the Astronomy Club, said that it is actually better check out the meteor showers with the nkd eye as looking through a telescope shrinks the area of?? Sky you can see a meteor pass.
It is also better to sit in a chair and watch a group so you can have a lot of wide eyes scanning the sky for meteors.
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