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.
Check out this website to see footage of the “unrelated” meteor that caused havoc in Russia. February 15th hours before the meteor event 2012 DA14 we’ve all be anticipating!
Asteroid — 2012 TC4 — is going to fly past the Earth at a distance of only 95,000 kilometers (59,000 miles), or one-quarter the Earth-moon distance. As far as near-misses go, that’s the outer edge of the bulls-eye!!!
This is not a Potentially Hazardous Asteroids (PHAs). Those are space rocks larger than approximately 100m that can come closer to Earth than 0.05 AU. None of the known PHAs is on a collision course with our planet, although astronomers are finding new ones all the time.
We need as many eyes out there!