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‘Best time to view the Eta Aquariids meteor shower’

May 9, 2024 | by The Jeuns

The Eta Aquariids meteor shower peaked on May 5 and May 6, offering skywatchers a stunning display of shooting stars. Although the peak has passed, the shower will still be visible until May 27. To catch a glimpse, head outside during the darkest hours of the night and keep an eye out for meteors streaking across the sky.

Unfortunately, those in the northern hemisphere may not have the best view of the Eta Aquariids meteor shower compared to those in the southern hemisphere. However, the show is still worth watching, especially after last year’s dimmer display.

Despite the relatively low number of meteors per hour, ranging from 10-30 during peak times, the Eta Aquariids meteor shower is a spectacle worth seeing. And if you miss it this time, you can always look forward to the Orionids meteor shower in October.

The Eta Aquariids meteor shower originates from the debris left behind by Halley’s Comet, a well-known celestial object in the world of astronomy. It, along with the Orionids, offers a unique opportunity to marvel at the wonders of the night sky.

With the upcoming Waxing crescent moon, this weekend is an ideal time to observe the meteor shower. As the moon waxes throughout its phase, the sky will become brighter, so it’s best to catch the meteor shower sooner rather than later.

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