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Weather Forecast for This Week's Eta Aquarid Meteor Shower 2014 Peak: Watch For Fireballs In The Sky

Best time to view this week's Eta Aquarid meteor shower 2014 peak. And what is the Maryland weather forecast?

The peak viewing hours for the Eta Aquarid meteor shower are here. Credit: NASA website
The peak viewing hours for the Eta Aquarid meteor shower are here. Credit: NASA website

For sky-gazers, the wait between the past two meteor showers was long, but hot on the trails of the Lyrid meteor shower, the dates for Eta Aquarid meteor shower 2014 peak are here.

The April Lyrids were visible for many stargzers, but a bright moon washed out many of the meteors hurtling above. You won't have that problem with the Aquarids, provided you get up early.

The pre-dawn hours on May 6 and 7 will be peak viewing time for the Aquarid meteor shower, after the moon sets and before the sun begins to rise.

The weather will cooperate on Tuesday night, with the National Weather Service Maryland forecast calling for partly cloudy skies Tuesday night. Tonight looks iffy, with cloudy skies predicted across Maryland, and rain chances ranging from 40 percent near Baltimore to 60 percent in the D.C. suburbs. 

You can see what to look for in this video of the Eta Aquarid meteor shower. And you can view photos and charts of the Aquarids.

Eta Aquarids get their name from Aquarius, the constellation you'll look toward to catch what have come to be known as "shooting stars" — which aren't shooting stars at all. What you will actually see are flakes of dust from Halley's Comet. 

In May and October, Earth passes through the stream of dust in Halley's wake, giving us first the Eta Aquarid meteor shower and then the Orionids.

The radiant comes over the eastern horizon at about 4 a.m. our time, so the hour or two before dawn tends to offer the most Eta Aquarid meteors, no matter where you are on Earth. 

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