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By Stan Greene
Observer Staff Writer 

May the 4th Be With You Day Corresponds to Eta Aquarid Meteor Shower

Watch the meteor shower with a friend, but be sure to socially distance at the same time.

 

The Eta Aquarid Meteor shower was created by Hailey's Comet, and will peak tonight.

In case you've been locked down all day, which many of you are; today is international Star Wars Day, May 4th. But did you know that the PErseid meteor shower has been scheduled tonight to celebrate May the 4th?

The Eta Aquarid Meteor Shower will peak just before dawn on Tuesay.

At two places the comet's orbit passes very close to our own orbit. The material that it releases into space on its way in toward the sun produce the October meteor shower known as the Orionids, while the material that is released after the comet has rounded the sun and is heading back to the outer limits of the solar system produce a meteor display in early May: The Eta Aquarids, which are due this week.

International star wars day celebrates the Star Wars media franchise. Observance of the commemorative day spread quickly through media and grassroots celebrations.

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To see the eta Aquarid metors, get outside at about four or five in the morning. Find a location away from city lights, with a clear view of the sky. Lay back, let your eyes adjust to the dark and just relax. If you can orient yourself to look towards Aquarius, that's great, but if you have a wide enough view of the sky you should be able to catch meteors without locating the constellation.

The date of May 4th was chosen for the pun on the catchphrase "May the Force be with you" as "May the Fourth be with you". Even though the holiday was not created or declared by Lucasfilm, many Star Wars fans across the world have chosen to celebrate the holiday.[3] It has since been embraced by Lucasfilm and parent company Disney as an annual celebration of Star Wars.

 

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