2022 eta Aquariids

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    Alex Pratt
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    Hot on the heels of the April Lyrids, in May we get the eta Aquariids, meteors produced by the Earth’s encounter with debris from comet 1P/Halley. The eta Aquariids (ETA) are amongst the swiftest of all meteors, with geocentric velocities of 66 km/s and peak activity this year is expected in the early hours of May 6.
    The ETAs are better seen from more southerly latitudes, where they produce a ZHR of ~50. From the UK and Ireland their radiant doesn’t rise until about 1:45 UT and it hugs the SE horizon, leaving a narrow observing window of a few hours until morning twilight, hence we see fewer ETAs. Their low-altitude radiant can produce distinctive long-pathed meteors as they streak across the sky.

    https://britastro.org/observations/observation.php?id=20210503_150536_249a3e61e44d9379

    Clear skies,

    Alex.

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