Monday, May 03, 2010

Eta Aquarids Meteor Shower Peaks in Early May; Perseid Meteor Timelapse I Revised: Slower HD Video

May 2, 2010 - The Eta Aquarids meteor shower, caused by debris from Halley's Comet, is happening all this week. "Meteor Mark" at MeteorBlog has a nice writeup on it:

www.meteorblog.com

"Since April 19th the Eta Aquariids meteor shower has been active. The shower will start to really heat up around May 3rd. The Eta Aquariids usually treats us to more than a full week of meteor activity. The shower will begin to get stronger and stronger as we near the peak on May 6th"

"The Eta Aquariids usually treats us to more than a full week of meteor activity. The shower will begin to get stronger and stronger as we near the peak on May 6th. Beginning with about 20 to 30 meteors per hour on May 3rd the shower will dazzle us on May 6th with up to 80 meteors per hour. The shower’s name is the Eta Aquariids and will appear to radiate from the constellation Aquarius. Viewers will be able to see approximately one or two meteors per minute."

Point Southeast near the horizon in a dark location to capture this one, perferably before the moonrise. If your camera can handle ISO 6400, try a 30 second exposure at f/2.8, or if you can use ISO 1600 with an f/1.4 lens, or simply use an external trigger or timer to lengthen your exposure.

Good luck!