Meteor shower will peak this week

jeff.mayor@thenewstribune.comMay 4, 2014 

The Eta Aquarids meteor shower will reach its peak Monday night into early Tuesday morning.

Considered an average shower, While the best viewing will be in the Southern Hemisphere, the Eta Aquarids is capable of producing up 10-20 meteors per hour at its peak in the Northern Hemisphere.

The shower is created when the Earth moves through dust particles left behind by comet Halley, which has been observed since ancient times. The shower runs annually from April 19-May 28.

The best viewing will be after midnight because the first-quarter moon will have just set, leaving fairly dark skies for viewing. The best viewing will be from a dark location away from city lights. Be sure to give your eyes time to adjust to the dark.

Meteors will radiate from the constellation Aquarius the Water Beare, but can appear anywhere in the sky.

jeff.mayor@thenewstribune.com

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