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Get ready for one of the best meteor showers of the year, astronomy fans: the Eta Aquariids are about to peak, according to NASA.
The shower will peak overnight on Sunday into Monday, though meteors from the shower will be visible throughout the week, NASA said.
When and where to see the Eta Aquariids meteor shower The best time to see the meteor shower is overnight Sunday into Monday.
What makes the Eta Aquariids special?
The Eta Aquariids are known for their speed.
The Eta Aquariids travel 44 miles per second.
Meteors in the Eta Aquariids come from space debris that originated from Halley’s comet.
The shed space dust forms two meteor showers a year: the Eta Aquarids in May and the Orionids in October.


Astronomy enthusiasts, get ready for one of the greatest meteor showers of the year because NASA has announced that the Eta Aquariids are about to peak.

Though meteors from the shower will be visible all week, NASA said that the shower will peak overnight on Sunday into Monday. Being close to a new moon, the peak will occur in a darker sky, making it simpler to see the meteors.

Where and when the Eta Aquariid meteor shower is expected to occur.

The meteor shower is most visible during the night of Sunday and Monday. Though the Southern Hemisphere will offer the best viewing conditions, the shower will be visible in both the Northern and Southern Hemispheres during the pre-dawn hours. 40 meteors can be seen per hour by viewers in the Southern Hemisphere and 10–20 meteors per hour by viewers in the Northern Hemisphere.

In the Northern Hemisphere, eta aquarid meteors are frequently Earthgrazers, which are lengthy meteors that seem to skim the Earth’s surface at the horizon.

Go somewhere far away from street or city lights for the best view. Laying flat on your back with your feet pointed east is recommended by NASA. Your eyes will need to acclimate to the darkness for approximately thirty minutes before you can see meteors.

NASA advised viewers to “be patient” as the show will last until dawn, giving them plenty of opportunity to catch a glimpse.

Showers will last until May 27 after the peak.

Why are the Eta Aquariids unique?

It is well known that the Eta Aquariids move quickly. NASA observes that brief to minute-long luminous trains can be left behind by swift meteors. 44 miles per second is the speed at which the Eta Aquariids travel.

Halley’s comet produced space debris that is the source of meteors in the Eta Aquariids. Each time Halley reenters the inner solar system, it sheds a layer of rocks and ice into space. Every year, the space dust shed produces two meteor showers: the Orionids in October and the Eta Aquarids in May.

Meteor showers: What Are They?

Meteor showers are less common than meteors, which are space rocks that enter Earth’s atmosphere and streak across the sky every night. Meteor showers are episodes of numerous meteors striking Earth’s atmosphere in a brief amount of time. Hot, glowing air causes the meteors to leave behind light streaks as they travel through the atmosphere.

Some meteors make it to Earth after surviving their fall, but the majority burn up as they descend. They are regarded as meteorites.

This spring, look up into the sky. What else can you see there?

This month, when May’s full moon rises, astronomy enthusiasts can witness the Flower Moon. NASA reports that the full moon in May will be at its brightest on May 23. For every ZIP code in the US, The Old Farmer’s Almanac provides the exact moonrise time.

The full moon in May marks the end of spring. One day after the summer solstice, on June 21, the full moon in June reaches its zenith.

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