Thursday, April 25, 2013

Next Meteor Shower- May 4-5 Eta Aquarid

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Did you miss the Lyrid Meteor Shower this week? You can still check it out tonight but the last two days were the peak days.  
 
No worries, May 4-5 there will be another Meteor Shower called the Eta Aquarid. 
 
This shower has a relatively broad maximum but is expected to show the greatest number of meteors before dawn on May 5. The waning crescent moon should not really intrude too greatly on this year’s Eta Aquarid show.

At northerly latitudes – for example, in the northern U.S. and Canada, or northern Europe – the meteor numbers are few and far between. In the southern half of the U.S., 10 to 20 meteors per hour might be visible in a dark sky. Farther south – for example, in the Southern Hemisphere – the meteor numbers increase dramatically, perhaps two to three times more Eta Aquarid meteors streaking the southern skies. For the most part, this is a predawn shower.

The radiant for this shower appears in the east-southeast at about 4 a.m. local time (the time at all locations) and the hour or two before dawn offers the most meteors. The broad peak to this shower means that some meteors may fly in the dark hour before dawn for a few days before and after the predicted optimal date. The most meteors will probably rain down on May 5, in the dark hours before dawn.
 
To keep up to date on the next Meteor Showers, check out EarthSky's website!

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