The Eta Aquarid meteor shower is still peaking. Here's how to see the show
Temperatures are mild in many locations, making it a great time to get up early for a celestial sighting.
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If you missed April's Lyrid meteor shower, you have another chance to catch some "shooting stars" this week as the remnants of a famous comet burn up in the night sky.
The Eta Aquarids are forecast to peak Tuesday and Wednesday, May 5 and 6.
Every year around this time, the Earth drifts through a stream of debris left behind by Halley's Comet. Bits of dust, rock and other debris heat up as they collide with our atmosphere, creating the fleeting trails and the occasional fireballs that can be seen with the naked eye.
"Tuesday morning and Wednesday morning are both good. Halley's debris stream is wide enough to spread the shower over two days."
Generally speaking, the further south you're located, the better your view will be of this shower. Good news, Australia!
To see the show, plan to head out as close to about four or five in the morning as possible. Find a location away from light pollution 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.
Enjoy the fire in the sky, preferably at least six feet away from any fellow skywatchers.