Published On: Tue, May 5th, 2015

Meteor Shower Tonight in The Skies of Yucatan

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Yucatecan astronomer Eddie Salazar Gamboa pointed out that a meteor shower will be observed on May 5 in the Yucatan Peninsula, which will have a frequency of up to 60 shooting stars per hour.

A meteor shower is a celestial event in which a number of meteors are observed to radiate, or originate, from one point in the night sky.

In an interview, Eddie Salazar said that until recent times the frequency of observation of the meteorites was about 20 meteors per hour, but Tuesday evening, it will be about 60.


This astronomical phenomenon was generated ‘due to the ice, rock and metal left behind by Halley’s comet when it passed by the Sun, in 1986, 29 years ago“. he said.

Meteor Shower (Photo: Google)

Meteor Shower (Photo: Google)

The moon will have little effect as last Sunday 3 it was in its full phase, for this the meteor shower will be fully visible although it´s still advisable to go somewhere away from the city lights, in places like the beach” Salazar said.


He noted that of the 25 meteor showers that occur throughout the year, the three most abundant ones are the Perseids, Geminis and Quadrantids, followed by Oriónidas and ETA AQUARIIDS whose names derive from the constellation in which it is observed.

He estimated that this time the meteors will appear near the Eta star in the constellation of Aquarius, and so are called ETA AQUARIIDS. This astronomical phenomenon is recorded from 3:30 am this day 5, when the constellation emerges in the southeast  part of the sky, until 6:30 pm, when the sun appears.


Source: Diario de Yucatan

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  1. debi says:

    so if the meteors were visible starting 330am on 5 May, we’ve missed them, darn!

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