If you missed April’s Lyrid meteor shower, there’s another chance this week to capture the meteors, as the famous Halley comet remnants burn in the night sky. The Aquarius meteor shower is forecast to peak on May 5, May 5 and 6.
At about this time of year, the Earth drifts through the debris stream left by Halley’s comet. When they collide with our atmosphere, some dust, rocks, and other debris heat up, creating a brief trajectory and occasionally visible fireballs to the naked eye. According to NASA, the meteors appear to have come from Aquarius, or more accurately from the area around Eta, one of Aquarius’s brightest stars, which is the name of the meteor shower.
Unfortunately, this year’s meteor shower falls just before the last supermoon in 2020. The bright light of this year’s maximum full moon will reduce the number of visible meteors from the usual 40 per hour to no more than 10 or 15 per hour. The best time to discover the Aquarius meteor shower is to get up early, about an hour before sunrise, when Aquarius is high in the eastern sky.
To see this meteor shower, you can set off around four or five in the morning, find a place away from light pollution, find a place to see the sky. Lie down, let your eyes adjust to the darkness, relax, and position youreyes to Aquarius, and if your sky is wide enough to capture meteors without positioning the constellations.