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Catch a Glimpse of Halley's Comet Debris: 2014 Eta Aquarid Meteor Shower

2013 Eta Aquarids over Florida Keys. Copyright Jeff Berkes, all right reserved. Used with written permission.Editor's note, May 6: Hello everyone! More information about Eta Aquarid viewing tonight (May 6-7) from NASA astronomer Bill Cooke:

"There will still be Eta Aquarids visible tonight, but at a rate of less than half of last night's peak. Those in the southern hemisphere will again see more Eta Aquarids than those in the northern hemisphere, but pretty much everywhere in the world except the Arctic Circle has a chance to view the shower. You can spot meteors any time after dark, but Eta Aquarid meteors will not be visible until after 2:30 a.m. local time, when the constellation of Aquarius rises above the horizon. The highest visibility for Eta Aquarids will be in the couple of hours before dawn, sometime after about 4:00 a.m. local time.

You don't need special equipment like a telescope: you only need your eyes. If you have clear skies, go outside to a place away from city lights. Lie on your back and look straight up at the sky, allowing your eyes 30-45 minutes to adjust to the dark. Meteors may appear from any direction, and this gives you the widest possible field of view to spot one. On any given night, it's possible to see 6-8 sporadic meteors per hour, even without a specific shower event."

Please note that there is no NASA Ustream of the meteor shower tonight, and there will be no active moderation tonight on the comments at the bottom of the page. Thanks!

Image: Eta Aquarids seen over Florida Keys in 2013. Copyright Jeff Berkes, used with permission, all rights reserved.

More About the Eta Aquarid Meteor Shower

The Eta Aquarids are pieces of debris from Halley's Comet, which is a well-known comet that is viewable from Earth approximately every 76 years. Also known as 1P/Halley, this comet was last viewable from Earth in 1986 and won't be visible again until the middle of 2061. The annual Eta Aquarid meteor shower gets its name because the radiant -- or direction of origin -- of the meteors appears to come from the constellation Aquarius.

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