Halley’s Comet Debris is Lighting Up The Sky This Week

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A special thanks to Halley’s Comet for make this is an exciting week for outer space enthusiasts! Here is everything you need to know about the meteor shower, how and where to watch.

The famous Halley’s Comet is only visible approximately every 76 years. Last seen 1986 it won’t be observable until 2061!

In normal conditions, the annual meteor shower will produce about 30 meteors per hour.

Here is everything you need to know about Halley’s Comet’s influence on the meteor shower!

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Eta Aquarids | shutterstock

What are the eta aquarids?

The Eta Aquarids meteor shower occurs annually in early May as Earth passes through the debris trail from Halley’s Comet.

When Earth collides with the Halley’s orbit, debris shoots into our atmosphere at incredible speeds. These fast meteors leave glowing dust trails which appear to be “shooting stars”.

It’s name comes from the constellation Aquarius because of the direction in which the meteors travel!

When To Watch?

The meteor shower is expected to start Tuesday and last until Thursday. With most meteors being visible before dawn on Wednesday.

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Eta Aquarids | shutterstock

How To Watch Halley’s Comet Meteor Shower

The best place for viewing is in the southern hemisphere – as all you need to do is simply look up!  You’ll want to get yourself outside the city so those lights don’t interfere with the show.

Don’t worry if you are in the northern hemisphere either. The shower will be visible if you follow the same instructions. However, you may likely only see 10 meteors per hour opposed to the 30 per hour if you’re located in the southern hemisphere.

It is sure to be a great event for the whole family! You definitely don’t want to miss out.

Let us know in the comments if you saw the shower and what you thought!


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