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Eta Aquariid Meteor Shower

Eta Aquariid Meteor Shower:

The Eta Aquariid meteor shower, which has been active since April 15, will peak on May 5 and 6.

  • Eta Aquariid meteor is formed when Earth passes through the orbital plane of the famous Halley’s Comet, which takes about 76 years to orbit the Sun once.
  • It seems to be originating from the Aquarius constellation thats why called Eta Aquariid’.
  • It is known for its rapid speed.
  • This makes for long, glowing tails which can last up to several minutes.
  • About 30 to 40 Eta Aquarid meteors can be seen per hour during the peak of the meteor shower, if observed from the Southern Hemisphere.
  • The number decreases to about 10 meteors per hour if being viewed in the Northern Hemisphere.
  • This is due to the location of the “radiant” the position in the sky where the meteor shower seems to come from.
  • In the Northern Hemisphere, Eta Aquarid meteors most often appear as ‘Earthgrazers’ — long meteors which appear to skim the surface of the Earth.
  • In the South, however, they can be seen higher up in the sky and hence are more visible.