The Eta Aquarid meteor shower occurs in the spring each year as the earth passes through the debris released by Halley’s Comet. The best time to see this meteor shower is 1-2 hours before morning twilight on May 5th. Eta Aquarids is seen best in the Southern Hemisphere but is still strong in the Northern Hemisphere with about 10 meteors per hour visible before sunrise.

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Eta Aquarids Meteor Shower Photo Credit Justin Ng - OutThere Colorado
Eta Aquarids Meteor Shower. Photo Credit: Justin Ng.

2. You may see an earthgrazer

There are fewer observable meteors during this shower in the Northern Hemisphere, but there is a chance of seeing earthgrazers. Earthgrazers are meteors that move horizontally overhead through the atmosphere instead of downwards, according to Joe Rao of Science.com. Earthgrazers are rare, but during Eta Aquarids 1-2 per hour should be observable from the Northern Hemisphere.

Eta Aquarids Meteor Shower Photo Credit Colin Legg - OutThere Colorado
Eta Aquarids Meteor Shower. Photo Credit: Colin Legg.

3. You will see remnants of Halley’s Comet

Halley’s Comet is only visible from the earth once every 75 years, but during the Eta Aquarids meteor shower you will see dust from the comet in the form of meteors.

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