The annual Eta Aquarids meteor shower will peak this week allowing for viewers to get a glimpse of the debris field of one of the most famous comets in our solar system. The Eta Aquarids shower will peak on Tuesday and Wednesday morning (May 6th & 7th) just before dawn. As the fist quarter moon begins to set after midnight, the sky will become just dark enough to get a good glimpse of the showers. Tuesday morning will be cloudy in most areas across the region, so viewing will not be ideal. However, high pressure is set to build in by Tuesday afternoon clearing out the skies for Wednesday morning. This will be the best time to view the event. Be sure to get to an area away from light pollution in order to get a good view. If for any reason you find yourself in an area with clouds both mornings, NASA will have live viewing of the shower on their website.
The Eta Aquarids shower occurs annually usually between April 19th and May 28th. The reason for the shower is because the Earth is passing through the debris field of Halley’s Comet. The Earth passes through this debris field twice a year. The other passing will be in October when we will see the Orionids meteor shower peaking on the morning of October 22nd.
The best viewing for the Eta Aquarids shower is actually in the Southern Hemisphere where at its peak, 60 meteors per hour can be seen. However, the Northern Hemisphere can get up to 30 meteors per hour. Look up towards the constellation Aquarius.