Eta Aquarid Meteor Shower, May 5th


The night of May 5 through the early morning hours of May 6th will be the best time to see the Eta Aquarid meteor shower. This meteor shower results from none other than Halley’s comet, last seen passing by in 1986.

This shower could bring up to 60 meteors per hours, but a nearly-full Moon will wash out the dimmer meteors. Still, warming weather makes casual observation for meteors over the next couple of days a comfortable nightime activity.

The Aquarids are named for Aquarius, which doesn’t rise until about 3 a.m.

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2 thoughts on “Eta Aquarid Meteor Shower, May 5th

  1. ok I just read your information on this meteor shower. My friend and I have been looking frantically for Aquarius for the last two hours. We only saw 2 meators. No wonder we couldnt find Aquarius… It doesnt rise until 3 am…. :(

  2. I apologize for not making that clear. The post you read was from 2009. However, meteors can be seen all over the sky, visibility of the radiant constellation notwithstanding. The Eta Aquarids is a minor shower anyway, so don’t be too disappointed.

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