Eta Aquarid Meteor Shower

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This weekend's new moon will make it easier on us to watch the Eta Aquariids meteor shower that will decorate the sky during the first days of May.

Eta Aquarids lasts a week, however Sunday morning is the best time to view the shower. We are far south enough in the Northern Hemisphere, though, to where we may see up to 10 meteors per hour.

While those in the Southern Hemisphere can look forward to seeing as many as 40 meteors per hour.

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Now, May's only event arrives as the Earth will pass through the debris cloud left by the most well known comet of all; Halley's Comet.

Halley's comet passed by Earth a long time ago but it left remnants - the annual Eta Aquarid meteor shower that will peak this weekend. In July, we will be able to enjoy not one, but two meteor showers on the same night.

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The meteor shower can be seen Friday 3rd, Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th.

Storm clouds and rain across the eastern United States region won't allow watchers to view the meteor shower, and it will be the same for those located in the Upper midwest and California.

The American Meteor Society recommended to those interested to witness this show, get away from the city lights and drive to a "darker" place. Come prepared with a sleeping bag, blanket or lawn chair.

The best viewing conditions on Saturday night are expected across the Pacific Northwest, central Rockies and along a region from MI to eastern Texas where cloud-free conditions will bring uninterrupted views of the meteor showers. The last perihelion was in February 1986 and the next perihelion will be in 2061.

USA space agency NASA notes the Eta Aquarids are particularly fast meteors, which "can leave glowing "trains" - incandescent bits of debris in the wake of the meteor - which last for several seconds to minutes".

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