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Eta Aquarids Meteor Shower Visible Tuesday

Eta Aquarids Meteor Shower as viewed from Florida Keys in 2013
Posted at 11:26 AM, May 05, 2015
and last updated 2015-05-05 12:34:51-04

TALLAHASSEE (WTXL) - The peak of the Eta Aquarids meteor shower is set for late tonight through the predawn hours of Wednesday May 6th. The meteors associated with this shower are not known for their brightness but for their speed, which can travel over 140,000 mph.

What’s so special about the speed is that the meteors can leave longer-lasting tails which are made from debris from that meteor. These can last for a couple seconds up to a few minutes. Eta Aquarids are capable of producing 30 meteors per hr.

Though the whole world will be able to view the meteor shower, there will be a waning Gibbous Moon present, meaning the light from the moon may make it difficult to see the meteors.

Our local forecast holds clearing skies overnight, so head out to a rural spot to get away from light pollution and enjoy the spectacle!