As the May month starts, get prepared for one of the superlative meteor showers of the whole year: Eta Aquariid shower. And the crest of this great occasion is merely days away. The meteors are the remains that are left in the comets’ orbits and they revolve around the Sun with a definite duration. The Eta Aquariid meteor shower is the surplus remains from Halley’s Comet, among the most well-known of all comets.
In length, the orbit of Halley’s Comet is around 76 years, providing the comet the name of “Mankind’s Comet,” enabling it to be seen at least once in a human’s average lifetime on Earth. Though the comet is named in honor of astronomer Edmund Halley, he didn’t discover it; but instead, the fact that he envisaged its orbit and the comeback of the comet’s orbit in a timeframe of 76 years. The previous comeback of the Halley’s Comet is dated back to the years 1910 and 1986.
On the other end, meteors that can devastate a whole US state are an actual peril to Earth, as cautioned by the chief of the US space agency recently. Jim Bridenstine, NASA Administrator, addressing at the Planetary Defense Conference in Washington, D.C., cautioned that the threat posed by meteor blasts wasn’t being taken acutely. Bridenstine pinpointed to the meteorite that blasted in 2013 over the Russian city of Chelyabinsk that had “30x the power of the Hiroshima’s atomic bomb” and injured about 1,500 individuals. Merely 16 Hours following the blast, NASA spotted an even bigger entity that approached our planet but didn’t land on it, he divulged.
As per scientific modeling tools, such incidents are anticipated to take place once every 60 Years—however, Bridenstine pinpointed that devastating meteorites had blasted on the Earth 3 times in the past century.