Published: Sat, May 06, 2017
Research | By Francis Brooks

Mysterious Flash in SoCal Sky May Be Part of Meteor Shower

Mysterious Flash in SoCal Sky May Be Part of Meteor Shower

The Eta Aquarids (AK-wa-rids) meteor shower is set to peak overnight.

An NBC4 viewer sent us dashcam video from the eastbound 10 Freeway near Mid-City/downtown Los Angeles.

The best time to see this meteor shower will be during the pre-dawn hours Saturday morning.

For those in the Northern Hemisphere, Miami skywatchers will get a better show than NY and San Francisco, but you should be able to see some no matter where you are.

What are the Eta Aquarids?

The meteors originate from Eta Aquarii - one of the brightest stars in the Aquarius constellation.

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Because these meteors appear to radiate from a position low on the eastern horizon for midnorthern latitudes, watchers in the tropics are best-placed.

The best advice for viewing this shower - get as far away from city lights as you can and look up.

SHOOTING stars created by the trail of Halley's Comet will be visible in the night sky over Essex tonight.

The latest meteor shower is about to peak. As it rises, the meteors shorten in length but there will be more of them. "Since they are on the outbound leg of their orbits, these meteors arrive mainly in daylight; thus the nighttime observation interval is short and occurs just before dawn".

The water jar is in the southern part of the constellation for those in the Southern Hemisphere, and the northern part for those in the Northern Hemisphere. It's in the southern sky if you're in the northern hemisphere, and in the northern sky if you're in the southern hemisphere. "A few of the brightest ones may shine through, and if you are looking for a shooting star to make a wish on, you might just get one".

Observers in the southern hemisphere will have the best view, and will see the shower's radiant in the north. In 1870, while sailing in the Mediterranean Sea, Lt. Col. G.L. Tupman sighted 15 meteors on the morning of April 30, and another 13 a few mornings later.

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