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Eta Aquarid Meteor Shower Will Lighten Vancouver In May

The annual Eta Aquarid meteor shower will light up the skies of Vancouver in May.

This spring meteor shower will occur from approximately late April to mid-May, offering a long stretch of spectacular "shooting stars" that even a casual observer can spot in the night sky.

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According to, "the peak of the Eta Aquarid meteor shower, when the greatest number of meteors are visible, must occur before dawn on May 5."

"This is a good year in May if you want to see the wreckage of Comet Halley burning," said Bill Cooke, who runs the NASA Meteor Office.

Eta Aquarid Meter Shower

Eta Aquarid's meteor shower is medium-bright, which means that the darker the sky, the more you'll see. Eta Aquarids do not produce as many meteors per hour as the most famous Perseid meteor shower in August, but they are equally bright, if not brighter.

To get the best vantage point to witness this meteor shower, you should go as far as possible from the city lights. Parks, remote and rural areas are typically better to catch a glimpse of this natural wonder.

Fingers crossed by clean skies!

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