A Meteor Shower Created By The World-Famous Halley's Comet Will Grace Canada's Skies
A spring spectacle.
Feast your eyes, Canada — another meteor shower is scheduled to streak the skies this spring, and it's going to be a special one.
The Eta Aquariids meteor shower is one of two that originate from Halley's Comet. It occurs every spring, opposite to its Orionids counterpart, which occurs every October. As many as 50 meteors per hour are produced during its peak, each travelling at 148,000 miles per hour.
They're a great way to get a little taste of Halley's Comet, since it won't be making an appearance until 2061.
Though they do not tend to produce fireballs, they due produce another phenomena called 'persistent trains,' which are colourful glowing streaks that can stay burned in the sky for a few seconds or several minutes. The best time to view the meteor shower would be just before dawn on its peak day, at athat will provide the best backdrop for the light show.
This year, the Eta Aquariids will be active between April 19 and May 28, with the peak occurring around May 6. Although they are still fully visible in Canada and the U.S., the Northern Hemisphere tends to see about as half as many as the the Southern Hemisphere.