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Meteor Shower Peak Will Likely Be Dampened By Full Moon





The Eta Aquariid meteor shower is expected to come into full bloom on Tuesday, but an almost full moon could put a damper on things for us. 


Skywatchers could  expect to see between in the ballpark of 10 and 30 meteors per hour in the hours before dawn.


The ETA Aquariid should peak on the mornings of May 5 and 6, but due to  the full moon, things viewing will likely be dampened. 


A little history on the Eta Aquariid meteor shower tells us that it is caused by Halley's Comet. Earth crosses the comet's orbital path each spring between April and May. This happens again in October, which creates the Orionid meteor shower.


If you do see one you will have to look quick because they will be streaking across our sky at 151,000 miles per hour, and only about half of them will leave persistent trains, which are glowing trails of energetic gas that remain for a few seconds after the passing of the meteor, according to NASA. 




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