Published: Mon, May 06, 2019
Sci-tech | By Patricia Wade

Eta Aquarids: Skies primed to present dazzling meteor shower

Eta Aquarids: Skies primed to present dazzling meteor shower

Meanwhile, Metro Manila and the rest of the country will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rain showers.

"The earth is passing through debris left by that comet", observatory manager Judith Bailey at Victoria's Ballarat Observatory told Yahoo News Australia. "In general, 30 Eta Aquarid meteors can be seen per hour during their peak", according to NASA.

Earth is now hurtling through a debris field left by Halley's Comet hundreds of years ago, and the southern hemisphere has front-row seats to the resulting meteor shower known as the Eta Aquariids. Meanwhile, those south of the equator can expect over 40 meteors per hour on the peak night.

EarthSky says the most meteors could fall "before dawn on (or near) May 5". That's the case especially Friday and Saturday nights.

Conditions are great this week for one of the best meteor showers in the first half of the year.

But you'll still want to get as far away from city lights and other light pollution to have the best viewing experience. Spectators can lie flat on their backs on a sleeping bag, blanket, or lawn chair, and with their feet facing east. Look at the sky and after about 30 minutes of staring in the darkness of the atmosphere, the eyes will adapt to see the meteors.

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What time to view the meteor shower?

The best place in the state to see the Eta Aquarids will be the central and western Aleutians. The last perihelion was in February 1986 and the next perihelion will be in 2061.

Earthgrazers, according to NASA, are long meteors that appear to skim the surface of the Earth at the horizon.

Meteors associated with the Eta Aquarids will radiate from the southeast; however, meteors will be visible in all areas of the sky, not just near the radiant point.

Renowned for their speed the meteors will be entering the earth's atmosphere at about 238,000km per hour and will leave a trail of glowing debris following them.

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