Get ready for the Eta Aquarid meters shower! It will peak this weekend before dawn on Saturday morning. Observers in dark locations can expect to see between 10-15 meteors or “shooting stars” per hour. The Gibbous moon will set at 4am, leaving dark skies during the peak hours for this show. The best time to see the Eta Aquarid shower is an hour or two before dawn because the radiant, or point in the sky the meteors appear to originate, is located in the “water jar” of Aquarius. The Water Bearer rises after 2am and is less then one third of the way up the eastern sky at dawn. Meteors can appear in any part of the sky, although trails will tend to point back toward the radiant near the constellation or Aquarius.
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