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Meteor shower from Halley's Comet to peak Tuesday

Halley's comet meteor shower
Posted at 12:06 PM, May 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-04 14:56:00-04

A meteor shower from Halley's Comet will peak Tuesday, May 5.

But, a nearly full moon will make it hard to see in the northern hemisphere.

This year, the Eta Aquarid meteor shower coincides with a supermoon on May 7.

Stargazers might have another chance to see the shower just before dawn next Sunday.

Otherwise, as with the famed Halley's Comet, there's always next year.

Earth crosses the comet's orbital path each spring between April and May.

Halley's Comet itself won't be visible again until at least 2061.

Nasa shared the following tips on how to view the Eta Aquarid meteor shower:

"The Northern Hemisphere has an hourly rate of only about 10 meteors. This is due to the viewing location of the radiant from different latitudes. The constellation of Aquarius—home to the radiant of the Eta Aquarids—is higher up in the sky in the Southern Hemisphere than it is in the Northern Hemisphere. In the Northern Hemisphere, Eta Aquarid meteors can more often be seen as "earthgrazers." Earthgrazers are long meteors that appear to skim the surface of the Earth at the horizon.

To view the Eta Aquarids find an area well away from city or street lights. Come prepared with a sleeping bag, blanket or lawn chair. Lie flat on your back with your feet facing east and look up, taking in as much of the sky as possible. After about 30 minutes in the dark, your eyes will adapt and you will begin to see meteors. Be patient—the show will last until dawn, so you have plenty of time to catch a glimpse."

Click the links for more on Halley's Comet and the Eta Aquarid meteor shower

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