Eta Aquarids: Where and How Can You See Falling Debris from Halley’s Comet

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Meteor showers can be seen with the naked eye.

It’s several decades before Halley’s Comet visits us again, and its next visible appearance from Earth is due in 2061 or 2062, but every year the famous star sends us a memory so we don’t forget it: a meteor shower known as Eta. Aquarid.

These are the cosmic particles left behind by a comet during its orbit around the Sun, which lasts on average 75 or 76 years.

When these particles come into contact with Earth’s atmosphere – which typically occurs between April and May each year – they create an astronomical spectacle known colloquially as “Meteor shower”.

According to the United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA, for its English acronym), Eta aquatic organisms move at a speed of about 66 kilometers per second, leaving behind halos that can last a few minutes.

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