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Meteor peaks before sunrise this week

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Source: Justin Ng of Singapore Source: Justin Ng of Singapore

While the best chance to wish upon a shooting star is south of the United States, there will still be some meteors streaking across the sky. 

The Eta Aquarid meteor shower is forecasted to peak before dawn on Tuesday, May 6.  

Although Monday and Wednesday may also be active mornings.  

Sunrise in Tucson on May 6 is 5:33 a.m. That means the best viewing is from 3 a.m. to around 5 a.m. says for the best chance to see a shooting star "Give yourself at least an hour of viewing time for watching any meteor shower. Meteors tend to come in spurts that are interspersed by lulls. Also, it can take as long as 20 minutes for your eyes to adapt to the dark."

The Eta Aquarid meteors appear to originate in the Aquarius constellation from the star Eta Aquarid, hence the name. 

According to "Eta Aquarii is one of the four stars making up the Y-shaped Water Jarasterism in the northern part of Aquarius. If you can find the Water Jar in the constellation Aquarius, you've as good as located the radiant point for the Eta Aquarid meteors. However, the alignment of the radiant and the star is coincidental. Eta Aquarii looms some 170 light-years away while the Eta Aquarid meteors burn up about 100 kilometers (60 miles) above the Earth's surface."


Debris from Halley's Comet created the Eta Aquarid meteor shower. 

Halley's Comet passes near Earth about every 75 years. The next pass will be in 2061.

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