Halley’s Comet dust to treat us to a meteor shower

Date:4 May 2020 Author: Leila Stein Tags:,

For once the Southern Hemisphere is in luck! We are in the best position to see the beautiful meteor shower as we pass through the thickest part of Halley’s comet dust trail.

The annual Eta Aquariid meteor shower will peak between 6pm and 7pm on May 5. Luckily, it is getting pretty dark across the country around those times so it should be possible to see this incredible light show.

The best way to see the shower is to look around the Aquarius Constellation. The shower is named after the faint Eta Aquarii star in the Aquarius Constellation, which acts as a radius point for the meteors.

If you can’t reach the peak, the meteors will be continuing throughout the week so you can try catch a glimpse. There should be around 20 to 40 meteors per hour in the Southern Hemisphere.

The comet itself will not be seen as it only circles back to the Earth every 76 years, with the last sighting in 1986 but the trail of dust left behind it also offers a spectacular sight.

Not being able to go out to a darker field will make it harder as a city’s artificial light can make it harder to see, but if you are lucky enough to live in a low light area you should have no problem.

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