Major Halley's Comet meteor shower 'peaks' this weekend

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Tomorrow night, meteors will light up the sky, as the annual Eta Aquariid meteor shower peaks - with up to 40 comet remnants an hour visible from some areas.

While the Eta Aquarids don't produce as many meteors per hour as the famous Perseid meteor shower in August, the shooting stars themselves are usually brighter.

For those in the Northern Hemisphere, Miami skywatchers will get a better show than NY and San Francisco, but you should be able to see some no matter where you are.

"If you can find the Water Jar in the constellation Aquarius, you've as good as located the radiant point for the Eta Aquarid meteors", says McClure.

Eta Aquarid has been named as the "meteor of the week" by the International Meteor Organisation.

But watching predawn skies either Saturday or Sunday - before the moon bloats to full May 10 - could offer a better chance of seeing a meteor.

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In a post on its website, Nasa said: 'The constellation of Aquarius - home to the radiant of the Eta Aquarids - is higher up in the sky in the Southern Hemisphere than it is in the Northern Hemisphere.

When is the meteor shower? ETA-Aquarids are visible in both the Northern and southern hemispheres in the wee hours. These meteors are called "Earthgrazers" as they just graze the upper atmosphere under these conditions. The longer nights in the Southern Hemisphere allows the radiant to rise higher in their sky.

The dust and pea sized gravel will fall towards Earth at a rate of about 30 per hour, leaving a bright streak in the sky commonly known as a shooting star.

"The good news is you have a better view of this meteor shower than just about anywhere else in the U.S.", MacRobert said.

"While a low radiant means fewer meteors, there's an up side".

"But it's not. The reason it's not is that sunrise comes later to the Southern Hemisphere (where it's autumn in May) and earlier to the Northern Hemisphere (where it's spring in May)".

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