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Eta Aquarid meteor shower peaks early Tuesday

You may have seen a shooting star or two early this morning -- the Eta Aquarid meteors are at their peak early Tuesday morning. 

They are easier to see from the Southern Hemisphere, but about 10 meteors per hour can be seen before dawn in the northern half of the globe. At its peak, the shower produces as many as 40 meteors per hour in the Southern Hemisphere.

The "shooting stars" are actually small pieces of dust and debris from Halley's Comet, which will next be visible from Earth in 2061.

Meteors are best seen in areas far from city lights with an open view of the sky. EarthSky.org suggests that if you really want to catch a worthwhile glimpse, give yourself an hour to watch, as meteors can come in spurts and it can also take time for your eyes to adjust to darkness.

Watch before dawn Tuesday, and try again early Wednesday as the show wanes.

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