This week’s meteor shower will wow the Eta Aquariids


Peak forecasts vary, however, and the shower is still visible in the pre-dawn hours of May 4, 5, and 6, 2022, According to EarthSky.
Eta Aquarius, named after the constellation Aquarius, is derived from the debris of Halley’s Comet, the well-known comet that can be seen from Earth every 76 years, According to NASA. The comet was last seen in our sky in 1986, and it won’t appear again until 2061.
While Eta Aquariids are visible from both the Northern Hemisphere and the Southern Hemisphere, they are best viewed in the Southern Hemisphere where meteors will rise to the highest level in the night sky, According to NASA.
In the northern hemisphere, the meteors will appear below in the sky as the “Patrons of the Earth”, which means that they will fly over the horizon of the Earth, According to NASA.
Eta Aquariids are famous for how fast they can travel, which can reach an average of According to NASA, 148,000 miles per hour. The meteors will produce glowing “trains” that remain in the sky for several seconds after the meteor streaks through the sky.

The shower will remain active until May 27.

More meteor showers to see

The Milky Way is seen from the Glacier Point Trailside in Yosemite National Park, California.

Delta Aquariids are best seen from the southern tropics and will peak between July 28 and 29, when the moon is 74% full.

Interestingly, another meteor shower peaks on the same night – Alpha Capricorn. Although this shower is much weaker, it has been known to produce some bright fireballs during its peak. It will be visible to everyone, no matter which side of the equator they are on.

The Perseid meteor shower, the most popular of the year, will reach its peak between August 11 and 12 in the Northern Hemisphere, when the moon is only 13% full.

This is the meteor fall schedule for the rest of the year, according to EarthSky meteor shower forecast.
  • October 8: Draconids
  • October 21: Orionids
  • November 4-5: South Taurids
  • November 11-12: North of Torres
  • November 17: Leonids
  • December 13-14: Gemini
  • December 22: Ursids

Full moon in 2021

There are still eight full moons in 2022, two of which qualify as supermoons.

Definitions of a supermoon can varybut the term generally refers to a full moon that is brighter and closer to Earth than usual, and thus appears larger in the night sky.

Some astronomers say the phenomenon occurs when the moon is within 90% of its perigee – its closest approach to Earth in orbit. According to this definition, the June full moon as well as the July moon will be considered supermoon events.

Here is a list of the remaining moons this year, according to Farmers’ calendar:
  • September 10: Harvest Moon

Solar eclipse and lunar eclipse

A partial solar eclipse on October 25 will be visible to those in Greenland, Iceland, Europe, northeastern Africa, the Middle East, western Asia, India and western China. The first was on April 30.

A partial solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes in front of the sun but blocks only some of its light. Make sure to wear the appropriate eclipse glasses to view the solar eclipse safely, as sunlight can damage the eyes.

A Beginner's Guide to the Stars (Image courtesy of CNN Underscored)

There will also be two total lunar eclipses in 2022.

The total lunar eclipse will be visible to those in Europe, Africa, South America, and North America (excluding those in the Northwest Territories) between 9:31 p.m. ET on May 15 and 2:52 a.m. ET on May 16.

Another total lunar eclipse will also be visible to those in Asia, Australia, the Pacific, South America and North America on November 8 between 3:01 a.m. ET and 8:58 a.m. ET — but the moon will be set for those in the eastern regions of North America.

Lunar eclipse It can only happen during a full moon when the sun, earth, and moon are aligned, and the moon passes in the earth’s shadow. Earth casts a shadow over the moon during an eclipse. The dark is the partial outer shadow, and the shadow is the full dark shadow.

When the full moon moves in the Earth’s shadow, it darkens, but it will not disappear. Sunlight passing through Earth’s atmosphere dramatically illuminates the moon, turning it red – which is why this event is often referred to as a “blood moon.”

Depending on the weather conditions in your area, the moon may look rusty, brick-colored, or blood red.

This color contrast occurs because blue light undergoes stronger atmospheric scattering, so red light will be the most diffused color as sunlight passes through the atmosphere and is cast on the moon.

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