Published On: Fri, May 3rd, 2019

“Eta Aquariids” Shooting stars from Halley’s Comet will light up the Yucatán night sky

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The Eta Aquariids meteor shower is visible from about April 19 to about May 28 each year with peak activity on or around May 5. Unlike most major annual meteor showers, there is no sharp peak, but rather a broad maximum with good rates that last approximately one week centered on May 5.

This weekend’s new moon will make it easier on us to watch the Eta Aquariids meteor shower that will decorate the sky during the first days of May.

The American Meteor Society recommended to those interested to witness this show, get away from the city lights and drive to a “darker” place. Plan your trip such that you give yourself about 15-30 minutes to set up and let your eyes adjust to the dark.

“This phenomenom takes place every year, as the Earth crosses in its orbit the cloud of cosmic dust particles and debris, which is actually Halley’s Comet trail,” explained Alberto Mansilla, the director of the Ampimpa observatory in Argentina.

The phenomenon is scientifically called “Eta Acuáridas Lluvia de Estrellas (star rain)”. And it is expected to be visible in both Southern and Northern Hemispheres.

“What you will see are fast strokes, like shooting stars, about 30 per hour, or one every two minutes,” explained Mansilla.

The meteor shower can be seen Friday 3rd, Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th.

The Yucatan Times Newsroom



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