Look for Eta Aquarids meteor shower this weekend

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The Eta Aquariid Meteor Shower Can Be Best Seen This Week

And it always helps to have good weather when viewing any meteor shower or other astronomical phenomena.

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

"The moon will set early in the early hours of the morning so the sky will be dark, making it easier to catch sight of a meteor (but you'll have to be patient!)".

The Eta Aquarids meteor shower favors the southern hemisphere, but Alan MacRobert, senior editor of Sky and Telescope magazine, said South Florida is close enough for a moderate show.

The Eta Aquarid shower occurs every year roughly late April to mid-May, and offers stunning views of "shooting stars" in the night sky.

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


Look for the constellation Aquarius-the meteors are thought to stem from Eta Aquarii, one of its brightest stars, which is called the "radiant".

The best place to spot them is near the Aquarius constellation.

Those in the Southern Hemisphere might not get to experience the impending total solar eclipse like our American friends, but at least we get the best version of the Eta Aquarid meteor shower. Sky watchers living near the equator will catch one of the best views of it, so people from Miami will get a better look at the spectacle than those in San Francisco. It's in the southern sky if you're in the northern hemisphere, and in the northern sky if you're in the southern hemisphere.

But each year, Earth intersects with the castoff stream of dirt, ice and sand from the comet, bringing the Eta Aquarids in May and the Orionids in October. ETA-Aquarids are visible in both the Northern and southern hemispheres in the wee hours.

If you're lucky and the light conditions are right, you should be able to spot up to 30 shooting stars in an hour.

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.

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