This Spring’s Meteor Shower: How to Make the Most Out of it

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The first real meteor shower of the spring will make its appearance at the end of the week, according to Advocator. The Eta Aquarid meteor shower can create up to 30 meteors for each hour at its peak, Saturday through Monday, May 5-7, however, 10-20 meteors for each hour is more probable, as indicated by NASA.

Where and when is going to take place?

The shower will most likely appear in the Southern Hemisphere, yet the Carolinas are in a brilliant spot since they’ll see more meteors the farther south they are.
The best time to see the Eta Aquarids is simply before dawn on Saturday, Sunday and on Monday morning.

The meteors seem to begin from Eta Aquarii, one of the brightest stars in the Aquarius group of stars. Eta Aquarii is one of the four stars that make up the highest point of the “water jar” in the water carrier constellation.
In the Northern Hemisphere, Eta Aquarid meteors frequently show up as “earthgrazers,” things that are long meteors that seem to graze the surface of the Earth close to the horizon.

Eta Aquarid: what you need to know

Eta Aquarid meteors are known for their speed. They go at around 148,000 mph into Earth’s atmosphere, as per NASA. Quick meteors can leave shining “trains” or radiant parts of debris in a meteor’s wake, which can keep going for a few seconds to minutes.

The majority of North Carolina and South Carolina has a reasonable possibility of seeing the meteors on Friday night, however, territories on the coast will have a superior view, as indicated by Accuweather and the National Weather Service. Mists likely will darken the view for the Carolinas on Saturday night before clearing on Sunday night.

As per Bill Cooke, who drives NASA’s Meteoroid Environment Office, here’s the manner by which to get the best view of the meteors: you should find a territory well far from city or road lights and be set up with a sleeping bag, blanket or simply a lawn chair. Lie flat on your back with your feet placed east and look into, taking in however much sky as could reasonably be expected.

Patrick Supernaw

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