Best time to see dazzling Eta Aquarid meteor shower this week
The peak of a dazzling meteor shower is set to take place later this week, with dozens of shooting stars an hour lighting up the sky in some areas. The American Meteor Society say the stunning display is known for its swiftly moving streaks with long trains, whizzing through the atmosphere at 41 miles a second. It will visible all over the world so all you need to do is find a dark site with an unobstructed view of the sky.
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Meteor showers, or shooting stars, are caused when pieces of debris known as meteorites enter Earth’s atmosphere at speeds of around 43 miles per second, burning up and causing streaks of light.
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