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Peak of Eta Aquariids meteor and Flower Supermoon to wow stargazers in Nottinghamshire




Stargazers are in for a double treat this week with the peak of the Eta Aquariids meteor showers and the appearance of the third consecutive supermoon in the skies above Nottinghamshire.

The Eta Aquariids are the first of two showers each year caused by Halley’s Comet. The second is in October and is known as the Orionids.

The peak could see 50 meteors an hour zoom across our skies Picture: Minko Chernev, Cyclonphoto
The peak could see 50 meteors an hour zoom across our skies Picture: Minko Chernev, Cyclonphoto

As the comet races around the Sun, bits break off and are left behind in its tail. The orbital debris from the comet slams into our atmosphere at speeds of about 70km per second or 156,586mph and the meteors burn up before they reach the ground. As they fall towards us, they leave behind glowing trails of ionised gas.


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