Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Eta Aquarids Meteor Shower 2011

The 2011 Eta Aquarids Meteor Shower is expected to be at its peak on May 5th and May 6th in the hours before dawn. Viewing is best in the Southern Hemisphere, but Northern Hemisphere enthusiasts should watch the skies as well.

City lights, called light pollution, can interfere with viewing. So can reflected moonlight. Luckily for us, the moon is currently a waxing crescent.

Meteor showers are named for the constellation they appear to be near. The Eta Aquarids Meteor Shower appears near a star in the constellation Aquarius. This meteor shower contains particles from Halley's Comet, which last entered our inner solar system in 1986.

Stargazing bench. Image: suphakit73; FreeDigitalPhotos

Check out these sites for more information about the Eta Aquarids Meteor Shower, including recommended viewing times for your corner of the globe:

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