Eta Aquarid Meteor Shower

Eta Aquarids

But the Northern Hemisphere has an hourly rate of only about 10 meteors, according to NASA, because of the "viewing location of the radiant from different latitudes".

"The eta-Aquarids.is visible for only a few hours before dawn essentially from tropical and southern hemisphere sites", RASNZ wrote on its website.

Halley's Comet will not return to Earth skies for half a century.

The shower is active from April 19 through to the of May 28, reaching its peak from May 5 to 6 this weekend.

The Eta Aquarids are one of the lighter showers, peaking with about 20 to 40 meteors an hour, versus the flashier Perseids' 80.

Earth is now passing through a patch of debris created in the wake of Halley's Comet.

Uninterrupted views and cloud-free night skies on Saturday night are expected across the Pacific Northwest, central Rockies, and along a portion of MI to eastern Texas.

Storm clouds and rain across the eastern United States region won't allow watchers to view the meteor shower, and it will be the same for those located in the Upper midwest and California.

NASA suggests that to be able to clearly view the meteor shower, find an area away from bright city or street lights.

The end of July will feature not one but two meteor showers that fall on the same night. Its last flyby was in 1986 and is expected to appear again in 2061. The Earth passes through the debris every year around this time, but viewing will be particularly good this year thanks to the new moon.

Take a blanket or chair with so you can view the spectacular show in comfort.

Renowned for their speed the meteors will be entering the earth's atmosphere at about 238,000km per hour and will leave a trail of glowing debris following them.

USA space agency NASA notes the Eta Aquarids are particularly fast meteors, which "can leave glowing "trains" - incandescent bits of debris in the wake of the meteor - which last for several seconds to minutes".

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