Shooting star treat on menu for stargazers

| 05/05/2014

(CNS): Observers of the night sky in the very early hours of Tuesday morning can watch one of this year’s most exciting celestial firework performances with the Eta Aquariid meteor shower, which is expected to peak tomorrow. Local astronomy experts are anticipating ideal weather conditions, and with a first quarter moon setting before the peak, viewers looking at a dark sky away from light pollution should be able to see as many as 70 meteors or shooting stars streaking through the sky every hour. According to those in the know, the meteors will appear to radiate from a spot in the constellation Aquarius Eta.

Aquariid meteors tend to have long paths and leave glowing trails that last for several seconds, so from midnight to dawn local viewers should be able to catch sight of several shooting stars.

A meteor shower is as a result of the Earth ploughing through the tail of dust left behind by a comet when it nears the sun and the Aquariids are from Comet Halley.

Later this month star gazers could see an even bigger shower of shooting stars. Experts say a small commet discovered in 2004 is on a collision course with earth creating a potential “meteor storm”.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    World without end,Amen.

  2. Anonymous says:

    That sounds a bit dangerous!

    see yeh I'm off…………

     

  3. Anonymous says:

    CNS Could you please let us know the best time to watch for this on Tue AM?

  4. Anonymous says:

    This is amazing I saw Halley's Comet in 1986 as a young adult and thought that I would never again experience such spectacular astronomic phenomena in my lifetime.  I am so elated and look forward to this spectular sight.  My generation is so fortunate, on April 15, 2014 we saw a "Blood Moon" and there are a series of three more to come on October 8, 2014, March 20, 2015 and the last on September 24, 2015. 

    • Anonymous says:

      I too saw Hayley's comet back in 1986. I was 12 then. It was beautiful and magical. I don't know if I will live long enough to see it again, but it certainly was an experience of a lifetime and one that I will not soon forget

  5. I bought milk on a Sunday says:

    The end is nigh.

    • Anonymous says:

      Acts 2: 19 -20 

      "And I will show wonders in heaven above, and signs on the earth below" people God is speaking all we have to do is listen, read his word and ask for his guidance.  Remember Noah built his arc for many years and generations the flood began with one drop the Lord is saying something to all of us.  The end might notcome for  some time yet but should we discount all that is happening around us or believe that the world as we know it will not change soon?

      • Anonymous says:

        God is speaking through the medium of regular events that can be predicted with mathematical precision.

    • Anonymous says:

      The end might not come then but I believe that there will be global changes in the weather and other world events that will make many of us stop and take notice.  Acts 2: 19-20