Tuesday, May 05, 2009
Eta Aquarids, Tuesday 6 May 2009.
The maximum of the Eta Aquarid meteor shower occurs on the morning of May 6th. This is a fairly reliable shower or modest numbers. This year it has a predicted Zenithal Hourly Rate of 85, which for Australians, as the radiant never gets very high above the horizon, translates to a rate for around a meteor every 3 minutes or so.
The sky will be fairly Moon free this year, so viewing conditions should be good. The Meteor radiant (the place where they appear to come from in the sky) rises around 2:00 am, and best viewing time is between 4:00 am and 5:00 am.
The sky will look particularly nice, With Scorpio arcing above, and the radiant being between the glowing lamps of Venus and Jupiter. You might even see some satellites. So it's worth getting up and having a look.