Eta Aquarids Meteor Shower | 2020
Set your alarm and get up before dawn to witness the Eta Aquarids meteor shower. In 2020, the forecast calls for the greatest number of Eta Aquariid meteors to fall before dawn on (or near) May 5.
However, this shower has a rather broad maximum, so the day before or after, May 4th or May 6th may present just as many meteors.
Unfortunately, the almost-full waxing gibbous moon will obtrude on the show during the expected peak mornings for this year’s Eta Aquariid meteor shower. You might be better off viewing this shower in early May 2020, with no moon to ruin the production during the predawn hours on May 1, 2 and 3, 2020.
Eta Aquarids Meteor Shower
May 5, 2020 | Peak is the wee hours before dawn
This shower favors the Southern Hemisphere, ranking as one of the finest showers of the year – in a year when no moon obscures the show.
At mid-northern latitudes, these meteors don’t fall so abundantly – and the early morning twilight interferes at northerly latitudes.
When and how should I watch the Eta Aquarids?
The 2020 Eta Aquariid meteor shower is expected to produce the greatest number of meteors in the wee hours before dawn on May 5.
However, the broad peak of the Eta Aquariid shower may present a similar showing of meteors during the predawn hours on May 4 and May 6, too. And in fact the shower extends much beyond these dates on either side.
Give yourself at least an hour of viewing time for watching any meteor shower. Meteors tend to come in spurts that are interspersed by lulls. Also, it can take as long as 20 minutes for your eyes to adapt to the dark.
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