There’s a lot of astronomical events happening this year. We’ve seen the super blood wolf moon in January, the biggest and the brightest super snow moon in February, and the Instagram-worthy pink moon last month. There will be no super moon scheduled for May, but skygazers may be able to catch sight of shooting stars this month.
From Monday, May 6, until Tuesday dawn, May 7, Eta Aquarid meteor shower will be visible here in the Philippines. According to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), this meteor shower occurs each year as a result of the Earth’s passing close to the orbit of Halley’s comet twice a year. It offers a long stretch of spectacular shooting stars that even a casual observer can spot in the night sky.
The Eta Aquarids don’t produce as many meteors per hour unlike the Perseid meteor shower, but they are just as bright, if not brighter. PAGASA also noted that the point from where the meteors appear to radiate is located within the constellation Aquarius or the water bearer. This shower doesn’t have a particularly sharp peak, but southern hemisphere viewers are more likely to view it.
Would you like to see Eta Aquarid meteor shower? Can’t wait to see more meteor showers, eclipses, and more astronomical events this year!