A powerful meteor shower Aquarids "spilled" on the Ground

Echo Meteor shower sparks emergency calls

A mysterious flash of light in the sky widely seen Thursday night may have been a preview of a meteor shower that will peak Saturday morning.

An NBC4 viewer sent us dashcam video from the eastbound 10 Freeway near Mid-City/downtown Los Angeles.

The peak of the Eta Aquariid meteor shower is said to be on Saturday, May 6th. Then in 1876, professor Alexander Stewart Herschel pointed out that the orbit of Halley's comet almost coincided with Earth's orbit around May 4, and that if we encountered any comet debris capable of producing meteors, those streaks of light would appear to dart from the vicinity of Aquarius.

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'You need no special equipment to watch a meteor shower, but a little luck always helps. The Eta Aquariids are a Class 1 major meteor shower.

What are the Eta Aquarids?

The meteor shower is named after the Aquarius constellation, because it appears as if the meteors emanate from the constellation's brightest star, Eta Aquarii.

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"Later sunrise means more dark time to watch meteors".

The shooting stars will appear to originate from the constellation of Aquarius. "These are swift meteors that produce a high percentage of persistent trains, but few fireballs".

SHOOTING stars created by the trail of Halley's Comet will be visible in the night sky over Essex tonight. The meteor shower started to occur in late April and will continue until mid-May.

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The Royal Astronomical Society of New Zealand's table of southern hemisphere showers said the shower is only visible for a few hours a day, before dawn. When the Earth interacts with that rubble river, those comet bits race through our atmosphere at high speeds to produce the effect of "shooting stars". As it rises, the meteors shorten in length but there will be more of them. In the middle you can see about 30 this akvarid within the hour.

To have the best perspective of the Eta Aquariids, head outside a couple of hours before dawn.

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