Halley's Comet will light up the night sky on Cinco de Mayo

"If you can find the Water Jar in the constellation Aquarius, you've as good as located the radiant point for the Eta Aquariid meteors".

Now where should you go, and look? The bright moon may make it hard to see some of the fainter meteors, but it should not completely wash out the shower. On average, you can see up to 20-40 meteors per hour. From the northern hemisphere, the shooting stars often appear as "earth grazers" - long meteors that appear to skim the surface of the Earth near the horizon.

He said people would be lucky to see Comet Swan with the naked eye, but it was in the same part of the sky that people would be looking at to see the meteors.

The meteor shower is viewable for a few days in early May between 4 May and 8 May but the best time is the early morning of 6 May.

And there's a second reason to get out from under the doona before dawn (or take it out to the backyard): another comet, the F8 Swan, may appear between 5am and 6am, though you'll need binoculars or a telescope for that one.

Comet Halley comes by the Earth every 76 years and was last here in 1986 and won't be in our part of the solar system again until about 2061.

The shower is visible in both hemispheres, with the best viewing occurring just before dawn.

Viewing in the Southern Hemisphere is preferable but not necessary.

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According to NASA, this week's supermoon was named after the flowers that are typically seen around this time each year by the the Algonquin tribes of what is now the northeastern United States.

The Eta Aquarids will be active on the nights leading up to and immediately following the peak, so people that have cloudy weather on Monday night may be able to spot some shooting stars later in the week when the clouds clear.

The Eta Aquarid meteor shower is created by debris from "Halley Comet" where the earth passes through the dust and debris it leaves behind during end of April till the last week of May every year.

Given coronavirus restrictions will prevent many of us from travelling right now, those living in quieter, darker areas away from bright lights will have a better chance of seeing the meteors.

The meteor shower is essentially a dust trail from the most famous comet in the Universe, Halley's comet.

What are the Eta Aquarids?


Eta Aqauriids don't produce as many stars per hour as the Perseids but astronomers say they'll be just as bright if not brighter. It's the ideal stargazing activity to begin with because you don't need equipment, except maybe a blanket and a thermos'.

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