Tuesday, May 03, 2016

Meteors from Halley's Comet

Source - Space Weather News for May 3, 2016: http://spaceweather.com

METEORS FROM HALLEY'S COMET: Earth is entering a stream of debris from Halley's Comet, source of the annual eta Aquariid meteor shower.  Although the shower does not peak until later this week, a radar in Canada is already detecting strong echoes from the debris zone.  This bodes well for sky watchers who could see 30 or more meteors per hour in the nights ahead.  Visit http://spaceweather.com for updates and observing tips.

Sky map from the Canadian Meteor Orbit Radar
Above: This sky map from the Canadian Meteor Orbit Radar shows meteoroids from Halley's Comet emerging from the constellation Aquarius (ETA).

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