Meteor Shower Will Light Up The Skies Starting TONIGHT
06 May, 2017, 02:50 | Author: Sam Montgomery
Set your alarm for the predawn hours of Saturday May 6, go outside, and catch the Eta Aquarid meteor shower-one of two annual showers caused by the collision of the Earth and the debris field of Halley's comet.
An NBC4 viewer sent us dashcam video from the eastbound 10 Freeway near Mid-City/downtown Los Angeles. Although observable in the night sky, people from around the world will see different views of the meteor shower.
ETA-Aquarids was famous for his swiftness.
What are the Eta Aquarids?
The meteors stem from Eta Aquarri, one of the brightest stars in the constellation Aquarius.
Robert Lunsford of the International Meteor Organisation says, 'There is no sharp peak for this shower, but rather a plateau of good rates that last approximately one week centered on May 6'. Traveling away from city lights to dark skies is best, but it's possible to catch a few bright meteors (and possibly even a few fireballs) from suburban backyards, too, according to National Geographic.
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But each year, Earth intersects with the castoff stream of dirt, ice and sand from the comet, bringing the Eta Aquarids in May and the Orionids in October.
Across the Northern Hemisphere, the best viewing is just before dawn. All the meteors Tupman sighted appeared to emanate from the constellation of Aquarius.
Observers in the southern hemisphere will have the best view, and will see the shower's radiant in the north.
It is only visible shortly before dawn from the tropics and Southern Hemisphere.
Meteor Shower Quiz: How Well Do You Know "Shooting Stars"? In 1870, while sailing in the Mediterranean Sea, Lt. Col. G.L. Tupman sighted 15 meteors on the morning of April 30, and another 13 a few mornings later. 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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