The Eta Aquarids, a meteor shower created from fragments of Halley’s Comet, will peak on Cinco de Mayo.
The Eta Aquarids is an annual meteor shower that occurs between April 21 and May 20 each year, typically peaking around May 5-6. The meteor shower gets its name from the constellation Acquarius that the meteors appear to come from. The Eta Aquarids meteor shower is created from the debris coming off of Halley’s comet, which enters Earth’s atmosphere creating what appear to be “shooting stars.”
The meteor shower is expected to produce approximately 20-40 meteors per hour during its peak in the southern latitudes. Northern latitudes may only see half as many. The best time to view the meteor showers are in the early morning hours on Wednesday, May 6.
The Slooh Community Observatory will be providing a live stream of the Cinco de Mayo meteor shower for those who are unable to view it where they live due to light pollution or poor weather conditions. Slooh’s live stream starts at 8 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, May 5, 2015.