Space Events

Eta Aquarid meteor shower 2017

A major annual meteor shower is forecast to peak at the weekend.

You better look up, because the Eta Aquarid shower is best viewed from the Southern Hemisphere and one of the best observation spots is New Zealand.

The shower is usually most active between April 19 and May 28 and is one of two showers created by dust debris from the Halley’s comet as it orbits the Sun. The other shower is the Orionoid.

The peak hourly rate for meteors in the Aquarid shower is 60 on May 5 and May 6.

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