Mark Your Calendars As We're in for a Month of Meteor Showers
We're in quite a luck this month, over the next few weeks as Earth moves through the tail of Halley's Comet, we will get quite a show to witness. Also known as the Eta Aquarids, the month-long shower will start from April 20th and probably end on May 21st, but we'll get to see the most activity in the early hours of May 5 to 7, when the New Moon offers magnificently dark skies. If you're up at the right times and staying away from light pollution, people in the Southern Hemisphere will be able to see around 30 meteors per hour streak across the night sky throughout the shower's peak, and people in the Northern Hemisphere will witness a still-impressive 10 per hour.
Halley's Comet takes about 75 years to orbit the Sun, so unluckily we won't see the comet itself in our night skies again until mid-2061. But almost every April and October, Earth passes through the comet's long tail of debris, so we still get to witness the light show made when that debris burns up in Earth’s atmosphere.
So how to watch the Eta Aquarids? The particular event is going to be best watched from the Southern Hemisphere, or close the equator in the Northern Hemisphere. But wherever you are on the globe, you will get to see at least a couple of meteors light up the night sky.
The best time to witness this event will be in the early morning hours, just before the beginning of morning twilight. You can also find out when this event is going to happen in your area here.
The best thing is that, you won't need to use any sort of telescopes or any other special equipment at all, but according to NASA you should get out of the city and as far from light pollution and street lights as you can.
So mark your calendars for May 5, 6, or 7, set your alarm really early, and pack a picnic blanket and a thermos of coffee, because you're definitely going to need it. And trust me, starting your day with witnessing a meteor shower is worth all this.
Mark Your Calendars As We're in for a Month of Meteor Showers Reviewed by Umer Abrar on 4/13/2016 Rating: