Monthly Archives: May 2013
The sun is currently undergoing “solar maximum” — a period of peak activity in its 11 year solar cycle. So far, solar max has been mediocre at best, but as this explosive trio has just shown us, don’t count the sun out quite yet — we could be in for a period of rather inclement space weather courtesy of AR 1748.
Stay tuned! Space weather…!!!
The Eta Aquarid meteor shower is one of two “shooting stars” displays created by dusty debris from Halley’s Comet, which orbits the sun once every 76 years. The comet was last visible from Earth in 1986, but it has left trails of dust across the solar system that, as the Earth passes through them, create the Eta Aquarid meteor shower in early May and the Orionid meteor shower in mid-October.
The next time Halley’s Comet will swing near Earth will be in 2061.