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When is the meteor shower 2021?

Meteor Showers of 2021 The Lyrids reach their peak on the night of April 21–22, 2021, when you can expect to see an average of 10 meteors per hour in dark, clear skies between midnight and dawn. almanac.comMeteor Shower Calendar 2021: When Is the Next Meteor Shower?

Eta Aquarid meteor shower 2021 to peak before May’s lunar eclipse and supermoon

NJ.com 05 May, 2021 - 06:00am

If you’re lucky enough to catch a glimpse of the Eta Aquarid meteor shower this week, you can thank Halley’s Comet.

The meteors in this upcoming shower — which peaks during the pre-dawn hours on Wednesday, May 5 — are actually tiny pieces of debris from the tail of the famous comet. The meteors, or shooting stars, become visible as the Earth passes through the comet’s debris field.

Although the Eta Aquarids will be most active early Wednesday, some astronomy experts say we could also catch some shooting stars late Tuesday night and late Wednesday night into early Thursday morning.

People down in the southern hemisphere will get a better show than us folks here in the northern hemisphere, according to ABC7 in New York. When the shower reaches its peak, as many as 40 to 60 meteors per hour could be visible south of the equator, while 10 to 30 per hour may be visible north of the equator.

Experts say the Alpha Monocerotid meteor shower might put on a spectacular sky show this week, bursting into a meteor storm. But viewing conditions might not be ideal in some parts of the country.AccuWeather

“If you’re hoping to see up to 60 meteors per hour, forget it,” astronomy expert Joe Rao says in this Space.com report on the Eta Aquarids. “With the radiant so low above the horizon, the majority of those meteors will be streaking below the horizon and out of your view.”

In North America, “typical Eta Aquarid rates are only 10 meteors per hour at 26 degrees north latitude (Miami, Florida or Brownsville, Texas), five per hour at around 35 degrees latitude (Los Angeles or Cape Hatteras, North Carolina) and practically zero to the north of 40 degrees (New York City, Chicago, and Philadelphia),” Rao notes.

“So, you might ask, ‘What’s the point of getting up before dawn to watch?’ " he says. “The answer is you might still see something spectacular.”

One positive thing about this year’s Eta Aquarid meteor shower is it will peak when the May moon is only about 30% full, so there won’t be much moonlight blocking the view of the meteors.

A much bigger sky event will be coming later this month — a full supermoon that coincides with a lunar eclipse. That will occur on Wednesday, May 26.

The May supermoon, also known as the “flower moon,” will be the second of three consecutive supermoons in 2021.

Experts say the May 26 lunar eclipse will be a full one in the western United States and a partial eclipse in the eastern U.S.

The full May "supermoon" will be the second of three consecutive supermoons in 2021.Len Melisurgo | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

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Halley’s Comet debris to bring meteor showers this week

WJW FOX 8 News Cleveland 05 May, 2021 - 06:00am

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The peak of the Eta Aquarid meteor shower will give you something to look forward to this week. 

Eta Aquarid meteors occur as the Earth passes through the orbital path of the comet Halley. The debris from the comet burns upon entry to the Earth’s atmosphere and creates the fiery streaks in the sky that we know as meteors. 

The best time to view the meteors will be before dawn on May 5. Try to get outside and look in the hours leading up to dawn. May 6 will also present good viewing opportunities. At best, about 10 meteors per hour will be possible. 

For the best viewing, get away from city lights. The meteors seemingly radiate from the constellation Aquarius, but there’s no need to look in a specific direction. 

Even if you don’t see meteors in the early morning sky, you may be able to spot two planets by the moon. The waning moon will move by Jupiter and Saturn this week. 

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Meteor shower caused by Halley's Comet to light up Irish skies from tonight

IrishCentral 04 May, 2021 - 11:05am

The Eta Aquarids, an annual meteor shower that takes place above the northern hemisphere in April and May, will grace Ireland's skies during the nights of May 4 and 5, 2021. It's said to most visible around midnight when 10 to 20 shooting stars 10 and 20 shooting stars per hour will be on display, weather permitting.

This meteor shower is associated with the famed Halley's Comet, only visible every 76 years. It was last seen in 1986 and will not be visible again until 2061.

The meteor shower, the Eta Aquadrids, is created with the Earth collides with Halley's Comet's orbit. This vaporizes debris come flying into Earth's atmosphere at 148,000 miles per hour, according to NASA.

These meteors leave glowing dust "trains" behind them, which we see as "shooting stars". 

NASA also dispensed some top tips on getting a glimpse of this wonderful display. They suggest stargazers "find an area well away from city or street lights. Come prepared with a sleeping bag, blanket, or lawn chair. Lie flat on your back with your feet facing east and look up, taking in as much of the sky as possible.

"After about 30 minutes in the dark, your eyes will adapt and you will begin to see meteors. Be patient—the show will last until dawn, so you have plenty of time to catch a glimpse."

SpaceDex also states that the best viewing time will be between 11 pm and 4:30 am GMT on the night of May 5 to the morning of May 6. They believe 15 to 30 shooting stars may be visible. 

However, they add "While expected rates in your location may be high, several factors such as light, the moon, and cloud cover may interfere."

Currently, Ireland is enjoying a New Moon (0% full) which ideal for viewing the stars. Now let's just hope the clouds stay away!

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