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Eta Aqaurid Meteor Shower 6-8 May, 2020

3 May 2020, 01:51 UTC
Eta Aqaurid Meteor Shower 6-8 May, 2020
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Morning sky on Wednesday, May 6 looking east as seen from Adelaide at 5:00 am local time in South Australia showing the eta Aquariid meteor shower radiant as a star burst. Similar views will be seen elsewhere at the equivalent local time (click to embiggen).Just a reminder that the eta Aquarid meteor shower peaks on the late evening/early morning of 5-7 May in Australia, although better rates will be seen on the mornings of the 6th, 7th, and 8th . The eta Aquarid meteor shower, which is produced by the debris from Halley’s Comet, will peak on May 5, 21h UT , which is sadly after sunrise on May 6 in the eastern states and deep in the twilight glow for the central states. Despite this, and interference from the light of the waxing Moon, we will have worthwhile rates on the mornings of May 6 and May 7, from 3:00 AM to 5:00 AM local time Australia-wide, where people with dark skies should see a meteor around every four to five minutes. However, the peak is really broad and viewing from the 5-9 will give you decent rates (see table below). Based on the NASA meteor flux program (see ...

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