Meteors to shower NZ skies this weekend

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New Zealand is the perfect viewing platform for this weekend's annual meteor shower.

The Eta Aquarid shower is one of two showers created by dust debris from Halley's comet as it orbits the sun.

Astromomy website Earthsky says it's best seen from the Southern Hemisphere, and New Zealand's dark skies at this time of year, due to the moon's rotation, makes it a prime observation spot.

On Friday and Saturday there could to be up to 60 meteors an hour.

Earthsky says while the shower will only be visible for a few hours a day before dawn, "the later sunrise means more dark time to watch meteors".

The Royal Astronomical Society says the best time for viewing is around 5am on Saturday.