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  ETA AQUARIIDS METEOR SHOWER
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Peak on: Sunday 8th May 2011 at 01h31 / Hourly rate: 85 / Direction: E eta Aquariids meteor streams are groups of meteoroids originating from dust grains ejected from Comet 1P Halley. These small dust grains (meteoroids) are distributed along the parent comet's orbit concentrated close to the comet nucleus with fewer grains farther away from the nucleus. Every time the Earth passes through this stream of dust particles (i.e. meteor stream), we experience what is known as a eta Aquariids meteor shower. These brief streaks of light from meteors, sometimes called "shooting stars", peak on Saturday night the 7th May 2011 when earth moves through the center of the dust trail left behind by the comet. How to view the eta Aquariids Go outside, find a dark spot and look E near the constelation of Aquarius for the eta Aquariids radiant. The best time to view the eta Aquariids is from around 3h00 in the early morning to about 5h30 when dawn breaks. They are fast and bright with many trains. You should be able to see 85 streaks an hour or more during the peak. The eta Aquariids meteor shower is active from the 19th Apr to 28th May with fewer activity either side of the peak time.

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