Eta Aquariid Meteor Shower Peak | 5-7 May 2020

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The Eta Aquariid Meteor Shower Peak viewable from Tuesday 5 to Thursday 7 May 2020

The Eta Aquariid Meteor Shower is considered one of the finest meteor showers of the year and it will be viewable in the Southern Hemisphere at its peak around Wednesday 6 May 2020.

The meteors in the Eta Aquariid Meteor Shower are composed of fragments of Halley’s Comet. The Eta Aquariids derive their name from their radiant near the constellation of Aquarius. 

How to view the Eta Aquariid Meteor Shower

The best opportunity to view the meteor shower will be before dawn. The meteor shower will appear as “shooting stars” and there may be up to 40 meteors to spot per hour. 

Rug up with a hot thermos, find a comfortable position, preferably lying down and allow your eyes to adjust to the dark for at least 5 minutes. Rather than focusing your attention on the radiant point, watch the entire area of sky around the constellation Aquarius which will be situated near the Eastern horizon. Look for Jupiter, Saturn and Mars as a guide.

If you are having trouble locating the constellation, download an app to help you. You could use “Star Tracker” which is simple and uses your location to find constellations as you move your phone around. 

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At Play & Go Adelaide we make every effort to provide accurate information to the best of our knowledge at the time of publication. We recommend confirming times, dates and details directly before making any plans as details may be subject to change.

Image Source: Genevieve de Messieres/Shutterstock

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