Mysterious Flash in SoCal Sky May Be Part of Meteor Shower

Meteor showers are lighting up the early morning skies

Meteor showers are lighting up the early morning skies

Though the meteors are active between April 19th through May 28th, the peak is tonight through early Sunday morning with up to 10 meteors per hour expected. When the radiant is close to the horizon, you'll find those long-lasting meteors.

People living on the equator will have the best views of the meteor shower, so astronomy enthusiasts in the northern Hemisphere will need to look south.

If you're feeling like getting away from the bright lights of the city, this weekend could be a great time to do it.

'Come prepared with a sleeping bag, blanket or lawn chair. Lie flat on your back with your feet facing east and look up, taking in as much of the sky as possible.

Are you planning to take photos or video of the meteor shower?

The Eta Aquariids are one of two meteor showers created by debris from Halley's Comet. These glowing comet remnants are expected to light up the early morning sky at rates of up to 40 per hour in some areas.

The radiant rises about 2am in New Zealand, making the best time for observation around 5am, the Royal Society says.

The shooting stars will appear to originate from the constellation of Aquarius.

The shower will be less radiant in the sky in mid-northern latitudes, so those living there should watch the shower from a dark-sky site for a more spectacular view.

Halley's Comet itself only appears around every 75 years and will not return until 2061, when it will be visible from Earth.

Meteor showers occur when dust grains passing through the Earth's atmosphere are burned up.

The peak of the Eta Aquariid meteor shower is said to be on Saturday, May 6th.

Before you let your eyes marvel at the celestial beauty, here are some interesting facts you may want to know about Eta Aquarid.

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