Canberra you better be turning your heads to the sky this Friday and Saturday night. Show regular Dr Brad Tucker has given us an update of what is happening.
The Eta Aquariid meteor shower is what you will see. To see the shower you need to look towards the North-East, which is a similar part of the sky where the planets will line-up. The Eta Aquariids is a regular meteor shower. The shower is caused by debris from Halley’s comet. As it goes around the Sun, bits of rock and ice come off, and leave a trail behind that can be seen. As the Earth orbits around the Sun, it crosses this trail, like going through the wake of a boat, and we get the meteor shower.
For this special event you won’t need any special equipment but you will need a clear view of the North-East and be in a spot that is dark as possible. The shower is happening now but the peak will be the night of 6 May and 7 May, at around 2:00am to 5:30am. This means the morning of the 7th and 8th of May, 2022.