The morning of May 8th (night of the 7th) will begin the peak night to watch the Aquarids meteor shower, which officially started on the 19th of April and lasts until the 28th of May. The moon’s phase will be just a sliver as we just had the New Moon on May 4th, and will set at 9:40pm– giving this meteor shower prime visibility.
Maximum meteors: around 55 meteors per hour.
Velocity: 41 miles/sec
When: As usual: The best time to see ANY meteor shower is the hour or two before dawn. Try between midnight-2am for some great results without losing *too* much sleep! You may also be able to catch some of these beforehand as spectacular “Earth Grazers”, beginning at about midnight.
You can always keep an eye on the status of the clear skies by visiting this page over at ClearDarkSky: http://www.cleardarksky.com/c/LgnBchCAkey.html?1
Where: If you can, get as high up as possible to sit above the light and air pollution to get the best sights. I personally prefer Top Of The World in Laguna Beach.
Editor’s note: If you snap a great picture of the meteor shower– please send it in!