Ahead of the highly anticipated Perseid meteor shower in August, the Eta Aquarid meteor shower has arrived, offering a series of spectacular shooting stars at night. All the meteors Tupman sighted appeared to emanate from the constellation of Aquarius. The flash was seen at around 9 p.m.by several drivers in the West Los Angeles area. As the meteor shower reaches its peak, sky watchers can expect to spot around 30 meteors per hour on the night of Friday, May 5, until early Saturday, May 6. Find a place far away from large light sources, especially cities.
In Autumn the Eta Aquarid Meteor Shower blazes across the sky. Tonight there will be up to 50 meteors going by in an hour.
"Beause the Water Jar is on the celestial equator - an imaginary great circle directly above the Earth's equator - the radiant of the Eta Aquarid shower rises due east as seen from all over the world".
'In the Northern Hemisphere, Eta Aquarid meteors can more often be seen as "earthgrazers"'.
How can I watch the meteor shower?
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For most, perhaps the best hope for seeing the Eta Aquarids is if you chanced to catch a glimpse of a meteor as it grazed our atmosphere horizontally - much the same way as a flat rock can be made to skim across the top of a lake or pond.
While morning may be best to catch the shower, Eta Aquarids can also be seen in late evening.
The reason the Northern Hemisphere doesn't get to see as many meteors as the Southern Hemisphere is because the radiant is actually cut off in the night sky by the horizon. "A few of the brightest ones may shine through, and if you are looking for a shooting star to make a wish on, you might just get one". They are best observed a couple of hours before dawn.
"While a low radiant means fewer meteors, there's an up side".
'Come prepared with a sleeping bag, blanket or lawn chair.
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