May
03
2007

Meteor shower this weekend

A meteor streaking across the night sky: Photo by Jeff Smallwood at flickr.com.
A meteor streaking across the night sky: Photo by Jeff Smallwood at flickr.com.

The Aquarid meteor shower is due to reach its peak this weekend. Clear skies and warm spring temperatures in many parts of the country will make this the first good meteor viewing of the year. The shower is due to peak at 7 am Eastern time on the 5th with meteors falling at a rate of about one per minute. But you can go out any night this weekend after midnight and look low in the eastern sky – you may catch a few falling stars to put in your pocket and save for a rainy day.

You can learn more about meteor showers here.

This site has more kid-friendly information.

And this is a good site for heavy-duty meteor fans.

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