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Hot on the heels of last week’s peak viewing conditions for the Lyrid meteor shower comes the Eta Aquarids, which will become visible this week before peaking on Tuesday, May 6.
The Eta Aquarid Meteor Shower – arising from material left behind by the infamous Halley’s Comet hundreds of years ago – will reach its peak in the early morning hours of May 6, though events can generally be seen from late April to late May to a much lesser extent.
The Quadrantids meteor shower will be helping to kick off the new year with a bang, displaying up to 80 meteors per hour on Friday.
A new year brings with it a new opportunity to watch shooting stars, and thankfully NASA has released a list of the easiest to observe and most active meteor showers astronomy enthusiasts can expect to see in 2014.
This weekend, many in the Southern Hemisphere will have the opportunity to witness the annual Eta Aquarids shower, as they reach their peak rate.
Peak viewing conditions for the Eta Aquarid meteor shower, which occurs annually when Earth passes through the debris trail from Halley's Comet, will begin on the evening of May 5 and last until the early morning hours on May 6.
Would you like to see a piece of Halley's Comet? Now's your chance!
Looking for an adventure? Get up in the wee hours of the morning May 6th and head out into the country, far from the city lights.
There are several major meteor showers to enjoy every year at various times, with some more active than others.
The most famous of all comets, Comet Halley is noted for producing spectacular displays when it passes near Earth on its 76-year trip around the sun -- however, you don't have to wait until 2061 to see a piece of the comet -- you can do it this very week!
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