One of the best known celestial visitors to the solar system is Halley’s Comet. It comes to our solar system, and it gets close to the Sun and our Earth every 75 years. The last time this comet was seen in 1986, and it will appear again in 2061. Besides the fact it appears every 75 years, it leaves some marks behind. The result is the shooting stars, created from the leftovers from precisely that comet.
Dr. Jackie Faherty, Senior Scientists and Education Manager at the Department of Astrophysics, said that this meteor shower is enjoyable precisely because of the fact it is connected to Halle’s comet. He witnessed the last appearance of that comet, and he was aware that it was a big deal for humanity and the astronomy. He also added that precisely Eta Aquariids is the reminder that Halle’s comet has passed here.
We will be witnesses of a battle for visibility between the shooting stars called Eta Aquariid meteor shower, and the Super Flower Moon. The meteors need a dark sky to be seen with the naked eye, but they will happen at the same time as the full moon. The moon won’t be whole until May 7, but it will be bright as it is complete a couple of days earlier, which is an obstacle for the visibility of the meteors.
Eta Aquariid will reach the peak on May 5, which, unfortunately, is the time where the moon will light up the sky as it is full. Maybe the supermoon won’t be full, but never mind it will shine like one.
According to the astronomers, the Eat Aquariid will reach its peak on May 5. The information was given by Bill Cooke, the one that leads NASA’s Meteoroid Environment Office. He also said that this meteor shower could offer us forty meteors per hour, with medium brightness, and the darker the sky is, the better visibility the shooting stars will have.
Besides the fact that the moon will be full on May 7, it will be almost complete on May 5, which makes the circumstances for observing the shower difficult. The meteors in the upcoming meteor shower are one of the brightest stars of the constellation Aquarius. Furthermore, let’s make it clear; the radiant is the point meteors appear to come from.
So, for all those who live in mid-northern latitudes, the radiant won’t be too high in the sky. It means that if you are in this position, you are required to have a dark-sky site that has a clear southern horizon. Those who are located near the equator are lucky, and they have a better position and better spot. Skywatchers situated in the Southern Hemisphere are the most fortunate, and they are the ones owning the best place for observing the meteor shower. The nights are longer because of the June solstice, and the austral winter is coming.
Moreover, no matter that the meteors are coming from the radiant, we shouldn’t only stare there to find them. If you practice that, you will miss the shooting stars. Every full moon lights up the night sky and makes it brighter than usual, and the supermoon is closer to the earth, brighter and more prominent than the average full moon, and it is not the best condition to observe a meteor shower. The meteor showers are ranked by how many meteors they have per hour. This one is estimated to have from 60 to 70 meteors per hour. Moreover, the ‘shooting stars’ is a term used for the specks of dust that are burning up in our atmosphere, and they are visible.
The Halley’s comet has left two substantial dust clouds, and they have set orbit, and every year they cause the Eta Aquariids and November’s Orionids. These are all results of the comet that has passed. We advise you to go outside, somewhere you have an open sky and observe the meteor shower and the full moon. You will see the super moon, and if you watch, you may see some meteor here and there which will fulfill your soul, and it will be an unforgettable experience.