The Eta Aquarids meteor shower is flying over our heads this month and the peak is just about to pass. It isn’t your last chance to catch the cosmic light show though
The Eta Aquarids meteor shower is just about to pass its peak but there are still plenty of opportunities to see it.
Millions of astronomers, both amateur and professional, have been guzzled by the lights currently racing across the sky.
The UK has been lucky enough to have mostly clear skies over the past few days, just as the meteors have been at their peak.
It’s given people a rare opportunity to see a truly beautiful cosmic event with relative ease.
However, if you are just hearing about this how, don’t feel like you’ve missed out.
They will still be flying overhead over the next few weeks, and here is how you can see them yourself.
When is the peak of the Eta Aquarids meteor shower?
The meteor shower has been visible to observe since April 15 and now its peak just is about to end.
The best time to catch the space show was between May 5 and May 6, meaning there is still a chance to see it in all its glory.
Friday night, May 6, will be the last time to see the peak, such should boast 10 – 20 meteors per pour.
When is the Eta Aquarids meteor shower visible until?
Even though it might not be possible to head out into the cold on a Friday night (May 6), it doesn’t mean you’ll miss the meteors entirely.
The Earth will still be passing through the showers for another three weeks, all the way up until May 27.
However, each passing day now, the meteors will become less and less frequent, so it is best to see them as soon as possible.
How to watch the Eta Aquarids meteor shower in the UK
The UK Meteor Network)
To see the showers yourself in the UK, all you will need is clear skies and no light pollution.
A telescope will also help see them in clearer detail, but they should be able to see with the naked eye.
People are still advised to take some supplies out with them to see the meteors, such as a blanket or chairs to make watching the showers as comfortable as possible.
Expect around a 30 minute wait for your eyes to adjust to the dark skies and before you know it you should be able to see the shooting stars with ease.
England and Wales will likely have the best chance of spotting the UK, as Scotland and Northern Ireland are forecast overcast weather for the weekend.
According to the Met Office, England and Wales are set to have clear skies for the next few nights, making this weekend the perfect chance to see them.
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.