See someone meteor rain can be lots of fun, and thanks to the incoming ‘Arids’ shower, some people get a spectacular opportunity to see it make its first appearance ever on Earth. It’s no secret that outer space is one of the most fascinating things there is. It is an infinite canvas of mystery and wonder. Whether it is planets in our own solar system or galaxies millions of light years away, there is always something new to learn about the great outdoors.
While deep space and research should be left to the professionals, this is not to say that the rest of us cannot also make our own observations. An excellent example of this is meteor showers. During the year, many asteroids and meteorites whiz through space, being sucked into the Earth’s atmosphere and soaring through the sky. If someone is in the right place at the right time, they can see these visitors space cliffs with their very own eyes. Some are easy to miss, others are jaw-dropping, and there are more chances to see one yourself.
Along with the many meteor showers that occur every single year, astronomers are now preparing for a meteor shower that has never been seen on Earth before. The shower is known as ‘Arids’. The name comes from the Ara constellation, where the meteors originated from and while they were originally spotted by SETI Institute on September 30, the initial shower is not expected to peak until Thursday, October 7. Astronomers predicted the Arids shower as far back as 1995 by studying ejected particles from Comet 15P / Finlay, but it is only now that it has been visible.
It’s not often that people get to see a new meteor shower come into the world, but with Arids, that’s exactly what’s happening. It has already been added to the IAU’s work list of meteor showers – proud of the code ARD and an identification number of 1130. It is still unclear if and when Arids will return after his visit on October 7, but regardless this is an incredible possibility that should do not miss.
For people who are interested in seeing Arids’ big debut for themselves, the bad news is that it will be pretty limited. The people at Space.com confirm that it will only be visible from the southern hemisphere with the best viewing locations including New Zealand, Argentina and Chile. The shower will also be quite small and slow, which means proper display equipment is a must to get the full experience. For anyone who happens to be in these areas, look for the shower around 00:35 UT and 03:55 UT on October 7th.
It is disappointing that people in the northern hemisphere have to sit this out, but it is also important to remember that this is not the only meteor shower one can keep an eye on. The annual Draconid shower is expected to peak early in the morning of October 8 and offer a beautiful view of additional space rocks. Whether you’re able to watch Arids or Draconid, be sure to have plenty of time to get comfortable, and enjoy the upcoming shows!