Up to 30 shooting stars per hour in this week’s meteor shower
The pre-dawn hours of the mornings on Wednesday through Friday, May 4-5, will be the prime viewing times for a meteor shower that could show as many as 30 meteors per hour. More likely it will be an average year for the Eta Aquarids and will release just 10-20 per hour, but with the Moon waxing crescent whatever number of meteors develop in the shower’s pre-dawn peak will be quite visible against a moonless sky.
Although the Eta Aquarids radiant out from their namesake star in the constellation Aquarius the Water Bearer in our southern night sky, they burn across the sky, rendering their point of origin academic. To watch a meteor shower, find a dark sky away from artificial lights, make yourself comfortable and look up.
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