Eta Aquariids meteor shower peaks this Friday and Saturday, May 4th and 5th

This coming week, the Eta Aquariid meteor shower is expected to put on a show.  The peak of the shower will occur Friday and Saturday nights, May 4th and 5th.  This year is expected to a bit less spectacular than previous years due to the moon, but the more brilliant streaks should overcome this obstacle.

Eta Aquarid meteor taken the night of May 3, 2011 (NASA/MSFC)

The Eta Aquariid historically has shown between 10 and 30 meteors an hour.  You should see some fast streaks and a few fireballs. This shower is caused by pieces of debris from the path of Haley’s Comet.

This is also a great time to take some dazzling pictures.  See How to take photos of a meteor shower for hints on taking some great pics!

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