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Eta Aquariids Peak Over GA; Eclipse Coming Mid-May

Eta Aquariids Peak Over GA; Eclipse Coming Mid-May

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The Eta Aquariid meteor shower produces many more shooting stars than fireballs,

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and Georgia residents can catch the celestial show at its peak early Friday morning before dawn.

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Coming later this month are a total lunar eclipse for Georgia, and, possibly, the very brief but also intense Tau Herculids meteor shower.

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The Eta Aquariids, which the American Meteor Society calls "swift meteors that produce a high percentage of persistent trains, but few fireballs," have a broad peak that ends Friday morning.

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Under clear skies, patient meteor watchers can reliably see between 10 and 30 meteors an hour.

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The National Weather Service forecast calls for mostly cloudy skies overnight in the Atlanta region.

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