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Shooting stars set to peak next week: astronomy museum

2019/05/01 19:34:20

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Taipei, May 1 (CNA) There is a good chance that shooting stars will be visible May 6-7 in Taiwan as the Eta Aquarid meteor shower peaks, the Taipei Astronomical Museum said Wednesday.

The optimum to view the meteor shower will be from 10 p.m. May 6 into the early hours of May 7, the museum said, adding that the Eta Aquarids are known for their brightness and high speed.

The days before and after the peak period are still good observation times, the museum added.

Without the interference of moonlight, and weather permitting, up to 40 meteors per hour could be visible flashing through the sky from a northerly direction, it said.

The Eta Aquarid meteor shower takes place annually from April 19 to May 28, when the Earth encounters debris from Halley's Comet, named after astronomer Edmond Halley, who determined the comet's periodicity and contributed to our understanding of the solar system.

(By Lee Hsin-Yin)
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