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Spectacular Light Show Expected As Annual Eta Aquariids Meteor Shower To Happen This Week: Here's Where & When To Witness It

By Desy Serona staff@sciencetimes.com | May 05, 2017 12:36 AM EDT

Astronomy has offered people the mystery, beauty, and grandeur of the universe outside the Earth, with different phenomenon occurring every year, much to the delight of the 8-billion population of the Earth. This month, a spectacular light show will once again wow humans as the annual Eta Aquariids meteor shower to happen this week will light up the vast sky.

Meteor showers have been an instant attraction to many but the Annual Eta Aquariids to happen this week is believed to be more special than the previous ones. Based on Bustle, what makes this May's meteor shower extra special is that it comes from Haley's Comet, a short-period comet that can only be seen from the Earth every 75-76 years. With this longevity, people may consider this as once in a lifetime experience as the next meteor shower of the same kind will be on 2061.

The annual Eta Aquariids meteor shower to happen this week is expected to reach its peak this Saturday, May 6, as the Earth passes through the orbital path of Haley's Comet. In what is perceived as a spectacular light show, people can witness a range of 10-60 meteors per hour glowing and dancing through the air.

With this once in a lifetime opportunity, people are advised to find that perfect slot and the perfect place to witness the spectacular light show. According to reports from Refinery29, the best time to watch the annual Eta Aquariids meteor shower to happen this week is in the early morning before the dawn.

Meanwhile, the best place for perfect viewing of the annual Eta Aquariids meteor shower to happen this week is to look towards the southern horizon if you are living in the Northern Hemisphere, where 30 meteors per hour can be enjoyed. For people living in the Southern Hemisphere, the spectacular light show is more visible where 60 meteors per hour can be seen by just looking north. Those who live near the equator will enjoy the best views of the meteor shower.

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