Skywatchers, prepare for peaking Eta Aquarid meteor shower this week

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The peak of the Eta Aquarid meteor shower will give you something to look forward to this week. 

Eta Aquarid meteors occur as the Earth passes through the orbital path of the comet Halley. The debris from the comet burns upon entry to the Earth’s atmosphere and creates the fiery streaks in the sky that we know as meteors. 

The best time to view the meteors will be before dawn on Wednesday. Try to get outside and look in the hours leading up to dawn. Tuesday and Thursday also present good viewing opportunities. At best, about 10 meteors per hour will be possible.

For the best viewing, get away from city lights. The meteors seemingly radiate from the constellation Aquarius, but there’s no need to look in a specific direction. Even if you don’t see meteors in the early morning sky, you may be able to spot two planets by the moon.

The waning moon moves by Jupiter and Saturn this week. It will move from below Saturn to between the two planets on Tuesday, and move below Jupiter by Wednesday. Look to the southeast before sunrise to spot the three. 

The full Pink Supermoon rose last week, and international viewer David Behrens sent in a picture by the DeZwaan Windmill in the Netherlands.

The Pink Supermoon spotted by the DeZwaan Windmill in Holland during the week of April 25. (Courtesy: David Behrens)

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