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Meteor shower near planet lineup around 07 May 2022

Night sky screenshot from Stellarium.

In the southern hemisphere we miss out on a lot of the meteor showers, but we do have a chance over the next few mornings to see the Eta Aquariids. Before dawn dress warmly and look for the lineup of planets in the eastern sky then hang around and watch for a while.  

In the hour before dawn, you could easily see 20 to 30 meteors per hour.

Luckily, with our dark skies, we've got a good chance to see some bright shooting stars. Leave the binoculars inside though: 

You won't even need a telescope! To best observe meteor showers, you'll want to watch as wide an area of sky as possible. Using a telescope or binoculars would make the spectacle almost impossible to observe.

The peak is on Saturday 07 May 2022 but if it's cloudy that morning that's not your only chance. In fact, start your meteor watch today and keep looking, if you don't see anything at first, each morning till around the 11th.  

You may have heard of the famous Comet Halley that swings round the sun every 76 years or so. The Eta Aquariid meteor shower is created by the remains of the dust from Comet Halley. 

Happy viewing! 

This item was updated on 4 May 2022 14:38:47