Eta Aquarids meteor shower will be at its peak between 5-6am
The early bird tomorrow morning will get the Eta Aquarids meteor shower in Perth as opposed to the worm.
In the early hours of May 6th the Eta Aquarids meteor shower will reach their peak with the best viewing between 5-6 am – looking to the north east to see them.
If weather permits and cloud cover is minimal – Perth will be luckiest city in Australia and should be able to see more meteors per hour.
What is Eta Aquarids?
The cause of the Eta Aquarids is the famous Comet Halley, named after Astronomer Edmund Halley who first determined in 1705 that the comet was periodic.
The Eta Aquarids are one of two meteor showers caused by Comet Halley, with the other shower being October’s Orionids. Halley’s orbit around the Sun takes 75 years with next entering the inner system again in 2061.
The meteors will seem to appear from the constellation Aquarius which gives the meteor shower its name.
It’s important to note that you should give your eyes 15 minutes to fully adjust to the lighting conditions and look very low between North and North East.
While it’s always best to find a nice park or a large open space for best viewing of a meteor shower, given current circumstances it might be best to simply view from your front or back yard and still get a good view.
For further guidance on where to look download the Night Sky app.
Want to know more about space?
Visit the Perth Observatory perthobservatory.com.au.