eta Aquarid Meteor Shower

This May hosts another occurrence of the eta Aquarid shower. This shower often gives a reasonable 60 meteors per hour from dark sky locations. If you are in an urban area, then, well, you will not see many if any meteors at all. My highest recommendation is that you seek out a location at least a couple of hours away from major cities into dark country sites. Bring s comfortable lounge chair and some coffee, then spend the night looking up without any telescopes or binoculars. One common misconception is that you need a telescope to see showers. While there is a special area of study for telescopic meteors, most showers are just fine with the unaided eyeball as your instrument.  More information about this particular shower here: http://www.spaceweather.com/meteors/etaaquarids/etaaquarids.html

 

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