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Eta Aquariid meteor shower to light up Australian sky in best show ever this Monday

11:17 | 04/05/2020

Eta Aquariid meteor shower, which comes in May annually is expect to light up the sky this week with the best celestial fireworks display of the year, the Union Journal (UJ) reported. 

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While the Thrillist said that the meteor shower will peak the morning of May 5, providing a great early-morning activity for the era of social distancing.

The UJ suggests best time to see the showers is between 2 AM and 5 AM (local time), or if the weather is not good, it can be seen a day or so before or after.

This year the Moon will influence your view a bit. However, with three shining planets in the sky, it will, in any case, be a totally wonderful sight, says beginner space expert Ian Musgrave.

Video showing the Eta Aquarid meteor shower reached its peak on Saturday, May 4 by Bloomberg Quick Take.

“It’s going to a really nice night,” Dr. Musgrave stated.

The Eta Aquarids also are a shower with a relatively broad peak, so it'll be worth getting out the morning of May 4, 5, or 6 to see the show, even though the peak will occur the morning of May 5.

Where is Eta Aquariids originated from?

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The Eta Aquariids meteor shower is created as Earth passes through the dust trail laid down by Halley’s comet, according to the Union Journal.

Halley’s comet circles in towards us every 76 years from somewhere out beyond Pluto.

While it was toward the end in our skies in 1986, the dust we are going through ages tens of thousands of years, stated Jonti Horner, an astronomer at the University of Southern Queensland. And because it’s so old, it’s had time to spread out.

“So we cross through this meteor stream for more than a month from April 19 to May 28,” Professor Horner stated.

In October, we cross the stream again, which is the point at which we see the Orionids meteor shower.

However, Eta Aquariid meteor shower is more amazing on the grounds that we go through the guts of the dust stream during the top so the pace of meteors is a lot higher.

How to see the Eta Aquarid Meteor Shower

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Meteors will often have a green tinge as they streak across the sky.(Supplied: David Finlay/Clearskiestv)

Bill Cooke of NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office tells Thrillist that the Eta Aquarids could bring 20-30 meteors per shower this year. That's a really pace for a spring meteor shower that isn't in an outburst year, even if this one isn't known for producing bright fireballs.

However, there are obstacles to see the Eta Aquarids, which officially began in late April. On the night of the display's peak, the moon will be bright. It'll be full -- and a supermoon -- just a couple of nights later. That brightness will mask many of the meteors flying through the sky.

By the morning, though, the moon will be setting, allowing for a couple of hours in which you can get a good view of the shower before the sun rises.

If you can't get out to see the display, the shower has a broad peak, so you should be able to see some meteors on the surrounding nights as well. Though, you'll still be competing with a near-full moon. Additionally, it's a shower that's best seen from the Southern Hemisphere because the radiant is low in the sky, leaving some meteors streaking down below the horizon from our point of view. Though, as Space.com notes, you'll see more meteors the further south you're located even in Northern Hemisphere.

To get the best experience out of the Eta Aquarids, get out of the city and as far from light pollution as possible. Those dark skies are key to seeing any meteor shower, but that's especially true with one that has fast and faint meteors. You'll also want to find a spot with a clear view along the horizon. Trees and buildings will block some of the sky from view, limiting the number of meteors you'll be able to see. That's particularly important with a shower that has a radiant so low in the sky.

It can be helpful to locate the radiant or point from which the meteors appear to emanate. That point is inside the constellation Aquarius in the eastern sky. Though, you don't want to stare at the radiant. Take in as much of the sky as possible, because the meteors are moving and the more sky you can see, the more meteors you'll spot.

How to take a great photo of the meteor shower

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A Perseid meteor streaks across the sky above desert pine trees in the Spring Mountains National Recreation Area. | ETHAN MILLER/GETTY IMAGES.

Astrophotographer David Finlay has been capturing the beauty of meteor showers for 20 years, according to Australia’s ABC news.

Each year he looks forward to the Eta Aquariid meteor shower, along with the Geminids meteor shower, which occurs in December.

And right now, thanks to less air and light pollution, the skies are glorious from his backyard in Kiama, New South Wales.

"The stars are looking absolutely fantastic at the moment, so I'm trying to take advantage of it while I can."

"We're basically getting the skies in the city that they get in the bush all the time."

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