The Eta Aquarid Meteor Shower will be peaking late tonight. This meteor shower is caused by debris left behind by Halley’s Comet. The last time this comet was seen from earth was back in 1986 and the comet won’t come around again until 2061. However, each year earth passes through Halley’s debris trail in the fall and spring and we’re treated to some dramatic displays as meteors move through the atmosphere. The other meteor shower known as the Orinoid’s will happen in October.
The Eta Aquarid’s will be best viewed after 2AM when the constellation Aquarius peeks above the eastern horizon. Skywatcher’s will have a chance to view up to 10 meteors per hour. The southern hemisphere will have the best view; however, the ones seen in the northern hemisphere will be earth-grazers. These usually result in some impressive fireballs that can streak across the night sky.
VIEWING CONDITIONS: It will be chilly with temperatures falling into the 50s but the sky will remain clear. There will be a waning full moon however this won’t cause any issues with visibility. I would grab a thick blanket or chair, lay back, and scan the sky. Some meteors may appear right above you but the trails will originate from the east. Best viewing will be away from city lights.
Fox6 Meteorologist Wes Wyatt