03 May 2005

Eta Aquarids

The Eta Aquarid meteor shower peaks tomorrow. The moon is nearly new so there will be no interference. This shower averages 10-20 meteors per hour and has some of the fastest meteors that leave trains 30 percent of the time.

The Eta Aquarids are caused by Halley's comet. If you happen to be in the southern hemisphere, the hourly rate could be as high as 50.


  1. Sky and Telescope's not so optimistic--it says we need to be in Mexico or further south to see 10 per hour. At 40 degrees North, they predict we see nothing.

    I like your answer better.

  2. Spaceweather wasn't as optimistic either, but at least it's not such a downer as S&T. It's raining here anyways.