Something BIG is Heading For Brisbane And You’re Going To Want To See It

Something BIG is Heading For Brisbane And You’re Going To Want To See It

We solemnly swear not to mention ‘Shooting Stars’ by Bag Raiders…

By Melissa Myrteza | 5th May 2020

Whip out your Madonna vinyl and press play on ‘Burning Up’ because a meteor shower is on your must-watch list this week! There’s no time for Netflix, your long weekend of leisure will be followed up by the peak of this cosmic occasion and it’s set to sizzle.

The world’s most famous comet, Halley’s Comet, will soar across Brisbane’s sky and we’re lucky enough to have the most prime position here in the Southern Hemisphere for the ultimate viewing. Bless up, Brisbane. Think of this event as if we’ve had a complimentary upgrade to Business Class with a bottle of bubbly thrown in…. RARE!

 

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Stargazers unite, this meteor shower is the perfect chance for all of you star sign lovers to set your sights on something a little more tangible. As far as we’re concerned, Saturn is always in retrograde so ditch the horoscope for a telescope and get ready to meteor gaze! Permission to get over-excited and invest in a telescope? Granted!

In all seriousness, the Aquariid meteor shower comes from Earth crossing the orbital path of Halley’s Comet. According to Brisbane City Council’s Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium Curator and Astronomer, Mark Rigby, stargazers can expect to see between five and 20 meteors an hour during the shower’s peak. Mr Rigby confirms that “meteors will be visible with the naked eye so there’s no need for binoculars or a telescope, just a comfy chair and a clear and unobstructed view of the night’s sky.” He also reminds us that the last visible meteor shower from Halley’s Comet was in 1986, with each comet taking 76 years to orbit the sun!

 

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As it goes, the best things in life don’t come easy! This is the closest we’ll get to Halley’s Comet for another whopping 41 years so swap your sleep in for prime viewing time between 3am-5am. “The meteors move very quickly – 66 kilometres a second – and the glowing light you see isn’t from the tiny grain of rock itself, but actually from the white-hot compressed air in front of it. You’ll know you’ve spied an eta Aquariid meteor if you trace that glowing streak backwards and it appears to come from the same point as other meteors,” confirms Mr Rigby.

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Style’s recommendations for prime-time viewing:

Date: Pre-dawn, 6th May
Hours: 3-5am
Location: The further from the CBD the better!

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Article by Melissa Myrteza

Mel always has one eye on the grooviest happenings around town and the other one on the best foodie hotspots. When she’s not crossing another country off her bucket list, she’s either reading, eating Genkotsu Ramen or sippin’ on a glass of red.

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