Eta Aquarid 2016: Peak Time, Where & How to Watch Spectacular Event

Eta Aquarid

A spectacular sky show awaits Australian sky watchers as Eta Aquarid meteor shower will light up the night sky this weekend.

Residents in the southern hemisphere will have the best view of the Eta Aquarid meteor shower in the morning from May 6-8, ABC News reported.

The Eta Aquarid will peak at 6:00am AEST on May 6. However, the best rate will be seen across Australia on the mornings of May 7 and 8, from 4:00am to 5:00am local time.

The Eta Aquarid meteor shower comes from the debris of Halley’s comet. It is usually active between April 19 and May 28 every year. However, it tends to peak around May 6 or May 7, Time and Date noted.

People are expected to see a meteor around every three minutes. The show also promises to be excellent this year as the Moon will be new on May 7 so there will be no moonlight to outshine the meteors.

According to ABC News, the best way to watch the Eta Aquarids is to let your eye wander around the entire patch of the sky above the north-east horizon or between the only two bright stars in the north-east – the Altair and the Fomalhaut.

Tips in Watching the Eta Aquarid

  1. Check the weather. Skies should be clear to be able to appreciate the shower.
  2. Get out of town. Find a place as far away as possible from artificial lights
  3. Be patient. Star gazing is a waiting game so be prepared staring at the sky for hours. Although you should see an average of a meteor every three during the Aquarid meteor shower, there could be a time that will go by without a meteor.
  4. Bring something to lie down on. You want to make sure that you are comfortable as possible when waiting for these meteors to come down so prepare a rug or blanket to sit on.
  5. Don’t look directly at the radiant site, because the meteors will often start their “burn” some distance from it, but look up or to the side.
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