The Eta Aquarid meteor shower, originating from the tail of the famous Halley’s comet, can be seen illuminating the sky starting this weekend until it reaches its maximum point between May 4 and 5, according to the American Society of Meteorites.
This particular star shower is observable especially from the southern hemisphere of the planet and the areas near the equator. It occurs every year from mid-April to the end of May.
How to see it better?
Astronomers recommend that the best times to observe the Meteor Shower are the hours before sunrise, and explain that it is not necessary to use a telescope or special equipment to enjoy it. For a better view, they also suggest lying on your back and looking up at the sky, as this position provides a wider view.
According to Bill Cooke, a NASA specialist, this year up to 40 shooting stars per hour may cross the sky at an average speed of 66 kilometers per second, says the portal Space.com.
What is observed are remnants of dust that have detached or melted from Halley’s Comet hundreds of years ago. The name Eta Aquarids is because the meteorites are seen to fall from the constellation Aquarius, a point where the observer must focus his eyes.