Meteor shower to peak Saturday as Earth collides with Halley's Comet debris

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News ID: 38790
Publish Date: 16:44 - 04 May 2019
TEHRAN, May 04 -This weekend will feature the second meteor shower in as many weeks as Earth passes through a trail of debris left behind by one of the most well-known comets in recent history.

Meteor shower to peak Saturday as Earth collides with Halley's Comet debrisTEHRAN, Young Journalists Club (YJC) -The annual Eta Aquarid meteor shower will reach its peak on Saturday night into the early morning hours of Sunday, but the number of meteors visible to stargazers will depend on their location around the globe. 

"This shower happens to be one of, if not the best, showers in the Southern Hemisphere and is a moderate shower for the Northern Hemisphere," AccuWeather astronomy blogger Dave Samuhel said.

"From the equator northward, they usually only produce medium rates of 10-30 per hour just before dawn," the International Meteor Organization said on its website. Meanwhile, those south of the equator can expect over 40 meteors per hour on the peak night.

"The meteors are most abundant in the hours leading up to dawn," Samuhel added.

This year will be a particularly good year for the Eta Aquarids as the peak of the shower coincides with the new moon, meaning that dimmer meteors will be easier to see due to the lack of moonlight.

The best viewing conditions on Saturday night are expected across the Pacific Northwest, central Rockies and along a region from Michigan to eastern Texas where cloud-free conditions will bring uninterrupted views of the meteor showers.

Onlookers from Houston through St. Louis and Chicago are also forecast to have good viewing conditions, but light pollution from the cities may make it difficult to see many of the dimmer shooting stars.

Meanwhile, those across the eastern United States likely won't be able to see this year's Eta Aquarids due to a far-reaching storm spreading clouds and rain across the region.

Clouds and spotty showers may also hinder stargazers across the Upper Midwest and California.

The weather will improve across the eastern United States on Sunday night, allowing people to see some meteors despite the peak of the shower falling the night prior.

Source: upi

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