dglobalnews.com Eta Aquarids meteor shower will light up skies tomorrow
Published: Sat, May 06, 2017
Research | By Kayla Price

Eta Aquarids meteor shower will light up skies tomorrow

Eta Aquarids meteor shower will light up skies tomorrow

Ahead of the highly anticipated Perseid meteor shower in August, the Eta Aquarid meteor shower has arrived, offering a series of spectacular shooting stars at night.

An NBC4 viewer sent us dashcam video from the eastbound 10 Freeway near Mid-City/downtown Los Angeles.

This year, the best period to see the meteors will be in the early morning hours of May 6, according to NASA.

The annual event, also known as the Eta Aquarid shower, is created by dust debris from Halley's Comet that broke off decades ago.

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Northern Hemisphere view. Credit NASA
Northern Hemisphere view. Credit NASA

The Eta Aquarids have a most interesting lineage.

The shower is named after the faint Eta Aquarii star in the Aquarius Constellation, which acts as its radiant point - the area of the night sky that the meteors appear to emanate from.

A meteor shower can be seen through a sporadic meteor in the sky at any time. Find a place far away from large light sources, especially cities.

Officials at Griffith Observatory say the flash, which first shone blue then faded to white, may have come off the constellation Aquarius. The meteor shower started to occur in late April and will continue until mid-May. Sometimes you catch a good number of them and sometimes you don't. "The shower originates in the southern part of the sky, so you are more directly facing them".

It's traditionally more visible from the Southern hemisphere, but will peak on the night of May 6 - and could be visible just before dawn in the UK. Even at 20 to 50 meteors per hour, it may take minutes between sightings. "These are swift meteors that produce a high percentage of persistent trains, but few fireballs". But any time from 1am onwards should net you a good amount of shooting stars. The moon will be setting as the radiant for the Eta Aquarids rises in the east, so every passing day means more lunar light pollution.

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