Stargazers will have a chance to see another meteor shower this week – the Eta Aquarids meteor shower, which will be visible before dawn on May 5, 6, and 7. The Eta Aquarids get their name from the radiant that appears from the constellation Aquarius.
The Eta Aquarids meteor shower will be peaking early Tuesday morning, May 6, 2014.
Debris from Halley's Comet will be lighting up the sky in the early hours of Tuesday, just before dawn. The best time to view the meteor shower would be around 4 a.m. local time. For those living on the Southern hemisphere, stargazers will see up to 60 meteors per hour at its peak. However, for those in North America, expect to see only 10 meteors per hour at its peak.
Although the shower will be peaking early Tuesday morning, the Eta Aquarids will also be visible early Monday morning, where up to 15 meteors per hour are expected. The meteors will still be visible in the early morning hours of May 7 as well.
To get the best view of the star show, stay away from city lights. The moonlight will not be drowning the star show, and most stargazers will have a good view as long as they stay away from the lights and the skies are not overcast.
With the meteor shower expected to peak overnight between May 5 and 6, a live stream of the Eta Aquarids will be available to watch online, courtesy of NASA and Slooh Camera. A live stream video will be available below from 9 p.m. ET on May 5, 2014.