What to Know About the Eta Aquarid Meteor Shower

Eta Aquarids : Meteor Shower Peaks May 6th – Look Out for Shooting Start Over Perth

Star-gazing New Zealanders are set for a treat this weekend, with our country in ideal position to view a major meteor shower.

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

The Aquarid meteor shower will peak early Saturday morning.

Because of the stars' positioning in the sky (and thanks to longer nights as the Southern Hemisphere moves toward the June Solstice), stargazers near the equator will see the most spectacular show.

"If you can find the Water Jar in the constellation Aquarius, you've as good as located the radiant point for the Eta Aquarid meteors", says McClure.

The Eta Aquarids have a most interesting lineage.

The meteor shower is named after the Aquarius constellation, because it appears as if the meteors emanate from the constellation's brightest star, Eta Aquarii.

A meteor shower can be seen through a sporadic meteor in the sky at any time.

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Here's how you can look out for the meteor showers set to appear tonight and tomorrow.

A major annual meteor shower is forecast to peak at the weekend. In the years that followed, increasing numbers of other astronomers and observers also noted similarities between the orbits of Halley's comet and the Eta Aquarid stream.

'In the Northern Hemisphere, Eta Aquarid meteors can more often be seen as "earthgrazers"'.

The Royal Astronomical Society of New Zealand's table of southern hemisphere showers said the shower is only visible for a few hours a day, before dawn.

"While a low radiant means fewer meteors, there's an up side".

If you're lucky and the light conditions are right, you should be able to spot up to 30 shooting stars in an hour. They are best observed a couple of hours before dawn.

The cool part is that while the Eta Aquarid meteor shower doesn't produce as many meteors as the Perseid or Geminid showers, these ones are particularly bright and easy to spot.

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