Meteors to shower NZ skies this weekend

Where to look for the Eta Aquarid Meteor Shower

Where to look for the Eta Aquarid Meteor Shower

Read Mr. Lunsford's full and very detailed Viewing the eta Aquariid Meteor Shower in 2017.

The shooting stars will appear to originate from the constellation of Aquarius. The flash was seen at around 9 p.m.by several drivers in the West Los Angeles area.

This year, the best period to see the meteors will be in the early morning hours of May 6, according to NASA. 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.

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According to NASA, the Eta Aquarids are known for moving swiftly - about 148,000 miles per hour.

Where can you watch the meteor shower? ETA-Aquarids are visible in both the Northern and southern hemispheres in the wee hours. It is one of two annual meteor showers from Halley's Comet. In the years that followed, increasing numbers of other astronomers and observers also noted similarities between the orbits of Halley's comet and the Eta Aquarid stream.

Eta Aquarids can be hard to see, especially in the northern hemisphere.

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For those who want to catch the glowing skies, your best chance will be a few hours before dawn, roughly around 4 a.m., while the late evening will give you a chance to catch earthgrazers, which are meteors that make particularly long streaks in the sky.

Across the Northern Hemisphere, rates will be low but any meteors you witness will be memorable as they will be very long and long lasting. The best time to view the meteorites this year will be in the early morning hours of May 6, according to NASA.

Here is some great advice via Bob Lunsford (American Meteor Society): To see the most activity, observe after the radiant has risen (well after midnight) and look approximately halfway up in the sky toward the east. 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. A reclining chair and blankets can help to keep one's neck from tiring.

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