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Night Sky: Watch the Eta Aquarid meteor shower tonight

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The Eta Aquarid meteor shower will be visible on May 6 in the morning from 3 a.m. to dawn, according to EarthSky. The Eta Aquarid is composed of pieces from Halley's Comet, last visible from Earth in 1986 and not visible again until 2061 (so mark your calendars).

The best viewing time for the Eta Aquarid meteor shower will probably be Tuesday morning – May 6, 2014 – from about 3 a.m. until dawn. Our sky chart below shows the sky scene from mid-northern latitudes just before the onset of morning twilight. The Y-shaped “Water Jar” is the most prominent feature in the otherwise inconspicuous constellation Aquarius. Incidentally, this distinctive Y-shaped pattern of stars closely aligns with the radiant point of the Eta Aquarid shower. For more on the Eta Aquarid radiant and why more Eta Aquarids are visible from more southerly latitudes, click here.

[Read the full story at EarthSky.org]

View live sky coverage of the Eta Aquarid meteor shower from the Marshall Center feed beginning at 7:30 p.m. at nasa.gov or in the video player above.

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