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Over the next couple of nights, there will be burning rocks and ice shooting through our skies. So Matt Woods from the Perth Observatory is here to explain what’s the deal with these Eta Aquariids.

Perth meteor shower Eta Aquariids

How can we view this meteor shower?

The best thing to do is get up about 4 am, (Matt recommends making up a milo or a tea to take with you.) go far away from the city lights and look northeast. Maybe a drive up to the hills or if you can’t go far, head to a local park that isn’t lit up.

These particles have come off Comet Halley. When you see a comet in the sky you’ll see the nice, bright tail off the end or sometimes even two tails! That’s material coming off the actual comet, being blown away by the sun’s radiation – that’s why the tail always points away from the sun. This material stays in orbit around the sun and luckily for us, the Earth goes through some of these tails and we get to experience a meteor shower.

Tomorrow morning we’re expecting to see between 5 and 20 meteors, most of them will be dim but there should be a few bright ones on display.

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