Eta Aquarids is an annual astronomical event. This year, it is going to take place on May 4. The meteor shower basically consists of debris left behind by the Halley comet, one of the most famous comets in recent history.
Which Part Of The Earth Will Have The Highest Visibility for Eta Aquarids?
The event will be visible during Saturday night and the early hours of Sunday morning. The number of meteors visible will depend on your location on the globe. For example, in the United States people will have the chance to observe up to 30 shooting stars per hour.
According to AccuWeather blogger Dave Samuhel, people located in the Southern Hemisphere are going to experience the most out of this event with up to 40 meteors per hour, while the Nothern Hemisphere will only be able to observe a moderate shower of 10-30 meteorite sightings per hour.
The blogger also added that the shower would become more abundant toward the morning. Since this year’s Eta Aquarids coincides with the new moon, the lack of moonlight will be beneficial, as dimmer meteors will become easier to spot.
While Eta Aquarids meteors will be visible across the entire sky, their radiant point will be in the southeast.
Another Meteor Shower Expected In July
For those who are going to miss this weekend’s meteor shower, there is another one coming in the middle of summer. In July, we will be able to enjoy not one, but two meteor showers on the same night. The event will take place on July 29. According to IMO, the two meteor showers combined will result in a rate of approximately 20 meteors per hour, including fireballs that could light up the sky.
In the meantime, the Eta Aquarids meteor shower is a spectacle for stargazers, so you should not miss it if your passionate about astronomical events.