2016 should be a good year for this shower, with the May 6 new moon guaranteeing deliciously dark skies for the 2016 Eta Aquarids.
The Eta Aquarids is one of the fastest meteor showers. Its specks pierce the sky at about 148,000 miles per hour.
This shower favors the Southern Hemisphere, ranking as one of the finest showers of the year. At mid-northern latitudes, these meteors don’t fall so abundantly, though mid-northern meteor watchers will catch some, too, and might be lucky enough to catch an earthgrazer – a bright, long-lasting meteor that travels horizontally across the sky – before dawn. The Eta Aquarids are mainly a predawn shower.
Earth is currently passing through a patch of debris created in the wake of the comet's tail. When that debris hits our atmosphere, it will burn up and scar the night sky as meteors in the predawn hours between May 5 and 6 (though you may be able to see a few meteors a night until May 28) .
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During Eta Aquarid meteor shower skywatching, teachers, students can be skywatchers, and at the same time do some good shots, or videos with iphones, smartphones or tablets.
The event will be discussed next week in the classroom.
- Twitter: @eartkskysicence ; @NASA
- EarthSky : Everything you need to know : Eta Aquarid meteor shower
- NASA : The Comet Halley
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