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The Sky Tonight Update: The Eta Aquarids Meteor Shower,

Eta Aquarids

The Eta Aquarids is an above average shower, capable of producing up to 60 meteors per hour at its peak.  Most of the activity is seen in the Southern Hemisphere; however, in the Northern Hemisphere, the rate can reach about 30 meteors per hour.

The Eta Aquarids appears to come from the constellation Aquarius, the water bearer.  It is produced by dust particles left behind by comet Halley, which has been known and observed since ancient times. The shower runs annually from April 19 to May 28.

It peaks this year on the night of May 6 and the morning of May 7. The new moon will ensure dark skies this year for what could be an excellent show. Best viewing will be from a dark location after midnight. Meteors will radiate from the constellation Aquarius, but can appear anywhere in the sky.

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