Stargazing: Eta Aquarid meteor shower


The Eta Aquarid meteor bathe peaks this weekend earlier than daybreak on Saturday morning. Observers in a darkish location can anticipate to see between 10 to 15 meteors or “taking pictures stars” per hour. The gibbous moon will set round four a.m., leaving darkish skies throughout the peak hours for this yr’s present.

The very best time to view the Eta Aquarid bathe is an hour or two earlier than daybreak as a result of the radiant, or level within the sky the meteors seem to originate, is positioned within the “Water Jar” of Aquarius. The Water Bearer rises after 2 a.m. and is lower than one-third of the best way up the japanese sky at daybreak.

Skilled observers recommend the next viewing technique: costume warmly, carry a reclining chair or unfold a thick blanket over a flat spot of floor, and lie down and search for considerably towards the east. Meteors can seem in any a part of the sky, though their trails will are inclined to level again towards the radiant close to the constellation of Aquarius.

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