It’s a double treat from the heavens, as the last super moon of the year paired up with a meteor shower tonight.
This is not your ordinary full moon, scientists referred to it as “super flower moon.”
“Supermoon” referred to either a new or a full moon that happens at or near perigee syzygy, that means the moon is at the closest point to Earth along its orbit around our planet, said an article by c|net.
The article added that the easiest time to catch the view is around sunset. Head outside and look in the opposite direction of the sun to see the moonrise.
Though the super moon and the peak of the Eta Aquarids meteor shower do not land on the same date, there are still many chances to see the shooting stars. The Eta Aquarids are forecast to peak Tuesday and Wednesday, May 5 and 6.
Eta Aquarids started last 19 April and will end on 28 May 2020.
The meteor shower is the result of the Earth drifts through a stream of debris left behind by Halley’s Comet.
This bits of dust, rock and other debris heat up as they collide with our atmosphere, creating the fleeting trails and the occasional fireballs that can be seen with the naked eye, said another article from c|net.
METEOR SHOWER VIEWING GUIDE FROM NASA:
· Find an area well away from city or street lights.
· Bring a sleeping bag, blanket or lawn chair.
· Lie flat on your back with your feet facing east and look up, taking in as much of the sky as possible.
· Wait for about 30 minutes in the dark, let your eyes adapt to see meteors.
· Be patient—the show will last until dawn, there will be plenty of time to catch a glimpse of meteor.