Meteor Shower peaks Friday night, Saturday morning

Posted May 06, 2017

It's time for the biggest moment on the skywatching calendar until this August's mind-boggling total solar eclipse - the peak of the Eta Aquarid meteor shower.

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

The annual, week-long meteor shower is expected to be at its most visible during early Saturday morning, NASA said in a blog post Friday.

The Eta Aquarids meteor shower favors the southern hemisphere, but Alan MacRobert, senior editor of Sky and Telescope magazine, said South Florida is close enough for a moderate show.

In Autumn the Eta Aquarid Meteor Shower blazes across the sky.

ETA-Aquarids was famous for his swiftness.

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Eta Aquarid has been named as the "meteor of the week" by the International Meteor Organisation. The meteors stem from Eta Aquarri, one of the brightest stars in the constellation Aquarius.

Since the meteor shower is above the equator, according to EarthSky, the best views will come from that area.

SHOOTING stars created by the trail of Halley's Comet will be visible in the night sky over Essex tonight. All the meteors Tupman sighted appeared to emanate from the constellation of Aquarius. Even at 20 to 50 meteors per hour, it may take minutes between sightings. And it also means the radiant point of the Eta Aquarid shower has a chance to climb higher into the predawn sky as seen from more southerly latitudes. The longer nights in the Southern Hemisphere allows the radiant to rise higher in their sky.

Across the Northern Hemisphere, the best viewing is just before dawn. 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. "Since they are on the outbound leg of their orbits, these meteors arrive mainly in daylight; thus the nighttime observation interval is short and occurs just before dawn".

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