Meteor Shower Will Light Up The Skies Starting TONIGHT

Meteor Shower

But if you happen to catch sight of just one, it will make your efforts worthwhile.

"If you go out, be patient", MacRobert said.

This year's Eta Aquariid event will not be marred by light from a bright moon.

Are you planning to take photos or video of the meteor shower? Then in 1876, professor Alexander Stewart Herschel pointed out that the orbit of Halley's comet almost coincided with Earth's orbit around May 4, and that if we encountered any comet debris capable of producing meteors, those streaks of light would appear to dart from the vicinity of Aquarius.

Travelers, look up. The Eta Aquarid- one of two annual meteor showers from Halley's Comet-will hit its peak overnight this weekend (May 5 and 6). Halley's Comet has been observed in the night sky since at least 240 BCE.

Since meteoroids that create a meteor shower all move on a parallel path, and at the same speed, they seem to originate from a single point in the sky to observers on Earth, known as the radiant. Tonight there will be up to 50 meteors going by in an hour. You won't even need a telescope as the meteors are expected to light up the sky and can easily be seen with the naked eye.

(Till Credner, AlltheSky via Wikimedia)Where in the sky is best to watch the Eta Aquarids?

"The good news is you have a better view of this meteor shower than just about anywhere else in the U.S.", MacRobert said. Come prepared with a sleeping bag, blanket or lawn chair.

'Lie flat on your back with your feet facing east and look up, taking in as much of the sky as possible.

No matter where you are, give yourself 20 minutes to allow your eyes adjust to the darkness-and your mind to the thought that those meteors you're seeing broke off Halley's Comet hundreds and hundreds of years ago.

But watching predawn skies either Saturday or Sunday - before the moon bloats to full May 10 - could offer a better chance of seeing a meteor.

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