Aquarid Meteor Shower, While the supermoon will undoubtedly be the main attraction in the night sky tonight, thereâ€™s another reason to keep your eyes fixed on the stars over the weekend: the Eta Aquarid meteor shower, which is expected to kick into high gear tonight.
Eta Aquarid meteors, apart from making for a nice visual treat, are a little more special than most meteor showers: theyâ€™re fast-moving (roughly 148,000 mph), they tend to leave large streaks in the sky, and theyâ€™re actually fragments of Halleyâ€™s Comet.
If you live in the northern hemisphere, the Eta Aquarid meteor shower may not be too much of a showâ€“scientists are expecting only about 10 meteors per hour, and thatâ€™s assuming you can even see it. The supermoon is expected to be bright enough to wash out the smaller meteors on Saturday.
Still, there will be a show to be seen in the night sky over the weekend, and donâ€™t let the supermoon keep you from looking elsewhere for the Eta Aquarid meteor shower.
â€śOur fireball cameras have already detected four bright ones. So I would say that the odds are pretty good that folks can see a bit of Halleyâ€™s Comet over the next few days, if they care to take the time to look,â€ť NASA meteor expert Bill Cooke told Space.com. â€śThey will be the big and bright ones, fewer in number with a rate of just a few per hour, but they will be there.â€ť (The Inquisitr)