Expect to see plenty of shooting stars during the next couple of weeks. At a dark location in the Southern Hemisphere, you can expect to see a meteor every two to three minutes as the Earth passes through the orbit of Halley’s comet.
This meteor spectacular runs from around 20 April until about 21 May each year. This year you will have bonus viewing because the orbit intersection coincides with a New Moon.
The best time to see the shower, or "shooting stars", will be in the middle of the period. When the New Moon occurs on 6 and 7 May, the sky will be at its darkest, provided you are away from light pollution. New Moons are located between the Earth and Sun so are hidden from night time view.
Named “ Eta Aquarids “ this meteor event gets its name from its apparent origin, near the Eta Aquari star in the constellation Aquarius. Of course, the meteor themselves are much closer than the star, it just appears that way due to the arrangement of the orbits and the spin of the earth. The accompanying composite image shows how this occurs.
Book online to qualify for your meteor guarantee
- Book at least 3 nights at Huon Bush Retreats or Buttongrass Retreat. Your stay must include 3, 4, 5 or 8, 9, 10 May. Yes, it can include the 6 and/or 7 May but those nights are not included in the count of 3. Yes, you can double dip by booking at our already reduced midweek or long stay rates.
- If there are no new social media images of meteors from this event during your stay, we will refund one night.
- You cannot claim your refund simply because you didn't see any, because you were asleep or if was cloudy.