Eta Aquariid Meteor Shower 2019: How, when and where to see it

Eta Aquariid Meteor Shower 2019: How, when and where to see it

While it's always best to find a nice park or a large open space for best viewing of a meteor shower, you can go out to your front or back yard and still get a good view on a clear night.

This particular meteor shower, called the Eta Aquariids, is thanks to debris left behind by Halley's Comet hundreds of years ago.

While those in the Southern Hemisphere can look forward to seeing as many as 40 meteors per hour.

Astronomers are urging people to get out of bed in the middle of the night for the Eta Aquarids, predicted to be one of the most phenomenal displays of its kind in years. The shower offers a glimpse of the remnants of Halley's comet as the Earth passes through a stream of debris and dust left by the world-famous comet. That's the case especially Friday and Saturday nights.

Guess we'll have to wait for the next meteor shower in late July.

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The annual meteor shower, known as the Eta Aquarids, is active between April 19 and May 28 this year, with its peak predicted to take place from Sunday.

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

Getting away from the city and light pollution will provide a better view.

Come prepared with warms clothes and something comfortable to lie on or sit in. Its last flyby was in 1986 and is expected to appear again in 2061.

According to The Royal Astronomical Society of New Zealand (RASNZ), the radiant - the area the meteors appear from - rises at 2am Sunday, but will be best seen at 5am. These meteors travel at about 148,000 miles per hour into the Earth's atmosphere. NASA said these meteors are fast and can leave glowing trains of incandescent bits which last for several seconds to minutes.

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