Halley’s Comet Bringing Meteor Shower To The Night Sky Next Week
It should be an exciting time to look up in the sky next Tuesday.
According to WIVB, "The Eta Aquarids" meteor shower is expected to peak in the early hours of Tuesday, May 5, which is also Cinco De Mayo. It's a meteor shower that is from Halley's Comet debris field.
The Eta Aquarids meteor shower peaks during early May every year as Earth passes through the debris trail from the famous Halley's Comet.
The Orionids meteor shower in October also originates from Halley's Comet.
As far as Halley's Comet is concerned, the last time it was seen was 1986 and the next time will be in 2061.
The Earth will collide with the comet's orbit, with vaporizing debris coming into our atmosphere at 148,000 miles per hour. The meteors leave glowing dust trains behind them, resulting in shooting stars.
The annual meteor shower typically produces about 30 meteors per hour, so definitely some opportunities to look up into the sky for shooting stars with the kids!
The best viewing is away from town or city lights and in an open area with the night sky showing through bright.