Eta Aquarid Meteor Shower Features Debris From Halley's Comet Thursday And Friday

Posted: May 5 2016, 5:43am CDT | by , in News | Latest Science News

 
Eta Aquarid Meteor Shower Features Debris from Halley's Comet Thursday and Friday
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  • Meteor Shower Peaks Early Thursday and Friday Morning

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A meteor shower termed the Eta Aquarids is in the making during the hot month of May.

While the Eta Aquarids meteor shower will be a fast and furious phenomenon, it is definitely not one to miss out on. All stargazers will be able to observe it in the sultry month of May.

The meteor shower consists of flotsam and jetsam from Halley’s Comet. Starting from today all the way till tomorrow, you will see this event transpire in a beautiful way.

Such a meteor shower holds a lot of fascination for everyone who has an aesthetic sense and loves to gaze in wonderment at the delightful sights of the universe.

In the morning today, the meteor shower started. It was early in the day that this phenomenon is best viewed during its peak, according to USAToday. There are some loci where the clouds proved to be a distraction and hindrance. These reports come straight from NASA.

Eta Aquarid meteors are the fastest of their kind. They zip past you in the sky at a speed of 148,000 mph which is a lot. As they strike earth’s atmosphere, they send out colorful sparks. They leave behind them a tail of glowing light. These trails last for a minimal amount of time.

When the time is right, the meteor shower will bedazzle the denizens of the earth by their sheer brilliance. 20 to 40 meteors will fly by in the night sky each hour.

Although the phenomenon is more likely to occur in the tropical regions as well as the southern hemisphere, those in the north may view the spectacle under ideal conditions.

The term Eta Aquarids comes from their main source. They actually come from the constellation Aquarius. The faint star Eta Aquarii is the abode of these flashing trails. Thus they have been named after this original center of relay.

Eta Aquarid is one of two meteor showers that trace their lineage from Halley’s Comet. The other one is Orionid which begins its performance in October.

Meteors are mainly composed of dust and ice. They leave behind a trail when they undergo friction with the environment. Both Thursday and Friday will be the days to watch the Eta Aquarid meteor shower in its full bloom. Today there will be a full moon in the starry night which will lend enchantment to the view.

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