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Eta Aquarid meteor shower to peak this weekend

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Our humble meteor observing rig… Credit Dave Dickinson

The annual meteor shower will be visible in all areas of the sky as it peaks on May 4, Saturday night, and early morning of May 5, Sunday.

The meteor shower is produced by debris left behind by Halley's Comet. It can have 10-30 per hour but the south can rise up to 40 meteors per hour.

Uninterrupted views and cloud-free night skies on Saturday night are expected across the Pacific Northwest, central Rockies, and along a portion of MI to eastern Texas.

The origins of the Eta Aquarids can be traced back to debris and dust left behind by one of the most famous comets in recent times.

The meteors will appear to originate from near the constellation Aquarius. Although viewing conditions should be ideal, Bishop Museum Planetarium Supervisor Tony Smith says don't expect to see nonstop shooting stars.

The American Meteor Society recommended to those interested to witness this show, get away from the city lights and drive to a "darker" place.

While the prospect of rising from your bed in the middle of the night doesn't sound too appealing, astronomers are urging Australians to rise for a meteor shower that is being dubbed as one of the best of its kind in years.

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.

Unlike a solar eclipse, they are safe to view with the naked eye, and you do not need any special equipment to see them at their best.

Just two weeks after the Lyrids meteor shower, the Eta Aquariid meteor shower shoots by.

The last time it was visible from Earth was 1986, and it is next expected to pass by in 2061. Known for speed Eta Aquarid meteors move fast, entering the atmosphere at about 66 kilometers per second.

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