The Eta Aquarid meteor shower is active between 19th April and 28th May, peaking 4th or 5th, and can produce zenithal hourly rates (ZHRs) of over 25 meteors per hour. However, due to the low altitude of the shower, northern hemisphere observers rarely see peaks of these numbers. The shower gets its name from the locality of the radiant to the star Eta Aquarii.
Periodic comet 1P/Halley is the body responsible for the debris trail that the Earth passes through to produce the meteor shower. The Orionids in October are also produced by Halley’s comet.
Please download our Eta Aquarids radiant finder chart or see the star map below (clicking will open a larger version) for the location of the radiant (both produced in TheSkyX Professional Edition).