Published: Sat, May 06, 2017
Sci-tech | By Jose Becker

Meteor Shower Will Light Up The Skies Starting TONIGHT

Meteor Shower Will Light Up The Skies Starting TONIGHT

But even in the years when we can't see the comet, the debris it leaves behind creates a meteor shower, known as the Eta Aquarids, that we can enjoy every year.

An NBC4 viewer sent us dashcam video from the eastbound 10 Freeway near Mid-City/downtown Los Angeles.

While one of the most well-known meteor showers - The Perseids - will be occurring in August, you do not have to wait that long to admire the phenomenon yourself.

"In the Northern Hemisphere, Eta Aquarid meteors can more often be seen as 'earthgrazers.' Earthgrazers are long meteors that appear to skim the surface of the Earth at the horizon".

Eta Aquarid has been named as the "meteor of the week" by the International Meteor Organisation.

A report said the meteor shower appears to flow from the constellation Aquarius and a group of stars called the Water Jar. Tonight there will be up to 50 meteors going by in an hour.

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Tomorrow night, the moon - which can wash out meteors with its bright light - will have already set by the time the meteor shower is on the horizon. Halley's Comet has been observed in the night sky since at least 240 BCE.

It's traditionally more visible from the Southern hemisphere, but will peak on the night of May 6 - and could be visible just before dawn in the UK. But any time from 1am onwards should net you a good amount of shooting stars.

The best advice for viewing this shower - get as far away from city lights as you can and look up.

It is only visible shortly before dawn from the tropics and Southern Hemisphere.

The cool part is that while the Eta Aquarid meteor shower doesn't produce as many meteors as the Perseid or Geminid showers, these ones are particularly bright and easy to spot. In 1870, while sailing in the Mediterranean Sea, Lt. Col. G.L. Tupman sighted 15 meteors on the morning of April 30, and another 13 a few mornings later. Sometimes you catch a good number of them and sometimes you don't.

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