Eta Aquarids gets its name from the most brilliant star in the Aquarius heavenly body — a similar group of stars the shower seems to rise up out of — and it is one of two meteor showers made by the comet, happening when the Earth goes through the surge of flotsam and jetsam abandoned by Halley’s Comet.
When It Will Appear
The first taxi off the rank is the Eta Aquarids meteor shower, set to illuminate the sky from May 5-6, cresting on Tuesday night in the Southern Hemisphere — a real feature of the infinite schedule.
At that point, only a day later on May 7, lunar buffs can anticipate a ‘super bloom moon,’ denoting the fourth and last super moon of the year.
How You Can See It
Fortunately, the Southern Hemisphere is unmistakably put for the display, and heavenly fans ought to have the option to get it from their patios, without venturing out from home.
Brisbane City Council’s Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium Curator and space expert, Mark Rigby, said. At the same time, it’s incredibly difficult to anticipate accurate numbers, stargazers can hope to see somewhere in the range of five and 20 meteors an hour during the shower’s pinnacle.
“Meteors will be obvious with the naked eye, so there’s no necessity for optics or a telescope, only a comfortable seat and an obvious and unhindered perspective on the night’s sky,” Mr. Rigby says.
“The best time will be in the early hours of the morning, somewhere in the range of 3 am and 5 am, and even though the meteors will originate from the east, you can see them anyplace in the sky.
The meteors move rapidly – 66 kilometers per second – and the shining light you see isn’t from the small grain of rock itself, yet really from the white-hot packed air before it, as indicated by the stargazer.