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Astronomy Photo of the Day: 5/28/14 – Eta Aquarids Shower by Greg Gibbs

Joshua FilmerMay 28th 2014
Eta Aquarids meteor shower
Image Credit: Greg Gibbs

This is another fantastic image of the Eta Aquarids meteor shower, this time taken by Greg at Capturing The Night – Photography by Greg Gibbs.

This shower is caused as Earth passes through the debris trail left behind by the famous Halley’s Comet. The name Eta Aquarids comes from the star the meteor shower seems to originate from – Eta Aquarii in the constellation Aquarius. Due to geometry, this shower is best viewed from the southern latitudes, though the northern portions of the planet aren’t completely cut off.

Eta Aquarids, unlike most meteor showers, doesn’t have a sharp peak in activity, but rather approaches a high-point in activity over a few weeks. The shower is usually visible in late April and early May

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