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Eta Aquarid Meteor Shower Will Light Up Vancouver’s Skies This May

Eta Aquarid Meteor Shower

The annual Eta Aquarid meteor shower will light up Vancouver’s skies this May.

This spring meteor shower will occur from roughly late April to mid-May, offering a long stretch of spectacular “shooting stars” that even a casual observer can spot in the night sky.

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According to space.com, “the peak of the Eta Aquarid meteor shower, when the most meteors are visible, should happen before dawn on May 5”.

“This is a good year, in May, if you want to catch a glimpse of debris from Comet Halley burning up,” said Bill Cooke, who leads NASA’s Meteoroid Environment Office.

Eta Aquarid Meteor Shower

The Eta Aquarid meteor shower is of medium brightness, which means the darker the skies the more you’ll see. The Eta Aquarids don’t produce as many meteors per hour as the more famous Perseid meteor shower in August, but they are just as bright, if not brighter.

To get the best vantage point to witness this meteor shower, you should go as far away from the city lights as you can get. Parks, remote and rural areas are typically better for catching a glimpse of this natural wonder.

Fingers crossed for clear skies!


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