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Everything to Know About the Eta Aquarid Meteor Shower 2002

Everything to Know About the Eta Aquarid Meteor Shower 2002

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The Eta Aquarid meteor shower annually peaks at the beginning of May and is expected to reach its apex between the evening of Wednesday, May 4, and the morning of Thursday, May 5 this year.

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Known for its speed, this shower can see meteors traveling around 148,000 mph into the Earth's atmosphere, according to NASA.

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The most exciting part? You may see as many as 50 shooting stars an hour!

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The only thing stargazing hopefuls should wish for is a clear night, especially since the Eta Aquarids radiate at medium brightness.

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This also means that viewing the starry spectacle from an extra dark location, away from city lights, will produce the best show.

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"Meteors come from leftover comet particles and bits from broken asteroids," according to NASA.

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Earth then makes its way through the debris trails each year causing the bits to clash with our atmosphere where they shatter to form bright, fiery, and colorful streaks in the sky.

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