The Eta Aquariid meteor shower will peak this week on May 5 and 6.
Like other comets, Halley's is a cosmic litterbug; about every three-quarters of a century as it sweeps closest to the sun, it leaves a "river of rubble" in its wake along its orbit.
When can I see the Eta Aquarids?
In their book "Observe Meteors" (Astronomical League, 1986) David Levy and Stephen Edberg refer to the Eta Aquarids as "A May flower". They permeate the atmosphere with a velocity of about 66 km per second, that is, 237 of 400 kilometers per hour.
But watching predawn skies either Saturday or Sunday - before the moon bloats to full May 10 - could offer a better chance of seeing a meteor.
Observers in the southern hemisphere will have the best view, and will see the shower's radiant in the north.
"If you go out, be patient", MacRobert said. Find out here and good luck! "A few of the brightest ones may shine through, and if you are looking for a shooting star to make a wish on, you might just get one".
'In the Northern Hemisphere, Eta Aquarid meteors can more often be seen as "earthgrazers"'. They also started a bit earlier and will end later than usual.
Don't you just love star gazing?
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