Big shooting star show set to light up our self-iso lives

"That's because the meteors fly every which way across the sky, in front of numerous constellations".

"The meteor shower is visible all across Australia". So, maybe you can at least wish on a falling star for these events to get kicking again?

"However, the higher a shower's radiant appears in your sky, the more meteors you're likely to see".

The Earth experiences a meteor shower when the Earth's orbit coincides with the comet's. We get it. Luckily, there will still be some notable activity happening in the sky for around 24-hours following the brunt of the show, with some meteors passing through up to a week out, so hopefully you'll still get to see a bit of the action!

The annual Eta Aquariid meteor shower is one of the few visible to the naked eye, and the best time to see it is between 2am and 6am on Wednesday May 6.

The meteor shower is named after the constellation Aquarius, which is the part of the sky you'll need to be looking towards in order to see them.

Dr Tucker said the peak of the meteor shower will be early Wednesday morning, but the following morning will also be "very good".

The bad news is the next full moon occurs on May 7, so the sky won't be super dark for optimum viewing during the peak.

The Eta Aquarids can be seen in both the Northern and Southern hemispheres.

Eta Aquariids are created from the debris left behind by Halley's Comet and happen every year from the middle of April until the end of May. In Wellington, the overnight forecast is mainly cloudy with rain, the same went for Auckland and Christchurch.

" really is just a great reason to get outside... to enjoy something and while you are outside take a look".

What is the Eta Aquariid meteor shower?

To find the best spot to scour the night sky, Bruce McClure from suggests finding the Aquarius Constellation, and pinpointing its Y-shaped "Water Jar", which is made up of four stars, including Eta Aquarii. Binoculars or telescopes will in general breaking point your field of view.

It should be borne in mind that the best places to see meteor showers are the darkest places, which are the places away from residential areas that contain light and environmental pollutants that may hinder the meteor's vision, while the best times to see them are from midnight until dawn the next day. And because you would be looking at the moon through the densest part of Earth's will appear to be a deep orange color (when rising or setting) and an entrancing pale yellow color (when just above the horizon).



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