Debris of Halley’s Comet Will Fly Over Earth with a Meteor Shower

The Comet 1P / Halley Pass
in one of its approaches to the Sun left a cloud of dust and small rock fragments what will fly over Earth on May 5 and will give rise to the meteor shower known as ETA-Aquarids.

The Institute of Astrophysics of the Canary Islands (IAC) informs through a note published on its website that the “meteor showers” are great celestial shows that are produced by the collision of small fragments of comets (or asteroids) with the atmosphere of our planet.

The most popular are the Perseids, in August, the Geminids, in December, or the Quadrantids, in January, but annually about 40 of these meteor showers take place, which are analyzed to continue studying our Solar System.

In the same IAC publication, it informs that the channel, in collaboration with the Energy Efficiency Laboratories (EELabs) project, coordinated by the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC), will broadcast this meteor shower as part of the activities of the FECYT Citizen Science project ‘Sounds of Heaven.

The objective of the project “Sounds of Heaven” is to use Citizen Science to improve knowledge about these minor bodies, classifying them based on general characteristics and looking for similar patterns between them.

The meteor shower
of the Eta-Aquarids annually show their peak of activity between April 19 and May 28.

In this project, a multidisciplinary team made up of engineers from the Polytechnic University of Madrid, astronomers from the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias, educators from the Community of Madrid and amateurs from the Madrid Sur Astronomical Association have come together to carry out such research and also bring citizen science and astronomy to society.