Fireballs in the Sky

Eta_Aquarids_Meteor_Shower Image: Flickr Creative Commons/marcusandsue
Watch fireballs in the sky this week. The Eta Aquarids meteor shower peaks before dawn on the mornings of May 5 and 6.

The Eta Aquarids meteor shower is visible anywhere in the world, but the best time to view the showers is in the hours before dawn. Those in southerly latitudes can expect to see 20 to 40 meteors per hour at the showers peak. Those in mid to northern latitudes will see fewer meteors but still about 10 per hour.

The Eta Aquarids meteor shower occurs annually between April 19 to May as a result of the Earth passing through the path of Halley’s Comet. The showers are named for the star Eta Aquairi in the constellation Aquarius where the radiant of the meteor shower occurs.