How to view this week’s meteor shower
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) – Earth is journeying through Halley’s comet’s tail this week, so it’s a great time to catch one of our most famous meteor showers. That’s a definite Amy-O-Meter 10!
The Eta Aquarids happen when earth passes through Halley’s comet’s tail, and it means a brilliant show as the tiny dust particles burn up upon entering our atmosphere.
The meteor shower actually lasts an entire month (from April 20 – May 21st this year) but Business Insider reports its peak happens May 5-7.
The new moon happens May 6th, so the sky will be its darkest during this peak time. Here in the northern hemisphere, you can expect to see 10-20 meteors during the peak time.
So if you’re planning to do some sky-gazing, EarthSky.org recommends carving out an hour of time. Head outside and look up into the sky any place away from light pollution. It may take your eyes up to 20 minutes to adjust to the darkness, so be patient.
The experts say the meteors tend to come in spurts interspersed by lulls, so don’t get discouraged. Just sit back and enjoy the show.
Happy sky-watching everybody!