Meteors from Halley's Comet Will Streak Through the Sky Tonight

Tuesday, 05 May 2015 - 1:31PM
Astronomy
Tuesday, 05 May 2015 - 1:31PM
Meteors from Halley's Comet Will Streak Through the Sky Tonight
Halley's Comet arrives every 76 years or so, making it the only comet that could appear to the naked eye twice in a human lifetime. Tonight, we won't see the comet itself, but we will see debris from the comet, as it will cause a spectacular meteor shower overnight that will be visible all around the globe.

The ETA Aquarids meteor shower occurs annually, every time Earth passes through the "tail" of Halley's Comet. Earth's gravitational pull attracts debris from the comet: rocks and dust that broke off the comet and were promptly left behind. The pieces of debris then fly through Earth's atmosphere and burn up, creating the illusion of a falling star. 

The meteor shower will occur from April 21 to May 20, but will be most visible tonight, April 5, and will hit its peak at 9am ET on Wednesday morning, with as many as 30 meteors in the sky when it's at its most active. It is technically visible from all around the world, but since it coincides with a bright moon, it will be difficult to spot unless you're in a rural area without much artificial light.

Here's a map from Accuweather detailing the parts of the U.S. and Canada that have high and low visibility:

Meteors from Halley's Comet Will Streak Through the Sky Tonight

And for those of you who, like us, will not be able to escape the city lights tonight, you can watch Slooh's live stream of the event here. The next viewing of Halley's Comet is thought to be sometime in 2061.

Via Business Insider.
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