(MEDIA GENERAL) – The Eta Aquarid meteor shower comes to us from the remnants of Halley’s Comet. When the Earth crosses the path of the comet, pieces from the comet light up the sky as the Eta Aquarid meteors.
The Eta Aquarid meteors are happening right now. Unfortunately, the shower is most plentiful in the Southern Hemisphere. But, some living in the southern part of the United States may catch some streaks across the sky.
The fact that we are also enjoying a more than half full, bright moon right now will also hurt observers’ ability to see the meteors race across the sky.
You can give it a shot though. If you have clear skies and live in the southern U.S., your best chance now to see the shower is in the few hours before dawn Thursday, May 7. Some people may glimpse as many as 10 to 20 meteors per hour.
And, if you miss it, there’s always next year. The Eta Aquarids are an annual event.