Mysterious Flash Of Light Was Likely A Meteor

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The latest meteor shower is about to peak.

New Zealand is the flawless viewing platform for this weekend's annual meteor shower. It was at this time the Earth passes through a meteor shower high activity of ETA-Aquarids, peaking on those dates, but star rain will last until the end of the month.

The Eta Aquarid shower occurs every year roughly late April to mid-May, and offers stunning views of "shooting stars" in the night sky.

The meteor shower, which was created by debris from Halley's Comet, will travel across Earth in May, according to NASA, but will be most visible this weekend. The other shower is the Orionoid. The bright moon will be a few days past first quarter (a waxing gibbous, 81 percent illuminated), and it will set just prior to 4:00 a.m. local daylight time, leaving only about an hour of reasonably dark sky for early morning observations of this shower before the increasingly bright dawn twilight becomes too restrictive. The longer nights in the Southern Hemisphere allows the radiant to rise higher in their sky.

The shower is named after the faint Eta Aquarii star in the Aquarius Constellation, which acts as its radiant point - the area of the night sky that the meteors appear to emanate from.


The Eta Aquarid originates from Halley's Comet.

It's traditionally more visible from the Southern hemisphere, but will peak on the night of May 6 - and could be visible just before dawn in the UK.

Meteor shower will be best seen on 5 and 6 may.

The cool part is that while the Eta Aquarid meteor shower doesn't produce as many meteors as the Perseid or Geminid showers, these ones are particularly bright and easy to spot. Recline on your back if possible, as this gives you the widest view of the sky and prevents any stress on your neck from stretching to see. NASA said we can expect to see about 10 meteors per hour during the peak.

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