Catch a falling star

May 3, 2013 

If cloud conditions allow, night sky observers might get a glimpse of the Eta Aquarids meteor shower early Sunday morning. Weather forecasts early in the week called for clear to partly cloudy skies at that time.

The Eta Aquarids are considered a light meteor shower, producing about 10 meteors per hour at its peak.

Although there aren’t many meteors, the streaks in the shower last longer than others.

The shower is caused by the Earth moving through the dust released by Halley’s Comet.

The Orionid meteor shower in October also is a result of Halley’s Comet.

While the shower’s peak occurs Sunday morning, observers should be able to see meteors through May 12.

The best viewing will be to the east from about 3 a.m. to dawn, as far from city lights as possible.

Staff report

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