How to Watch the Eta  This Weekend

Aquarids Meteor Shower

The Show Originates

From Halley's Comet and may generate as many as 30 shooting stars an hour.

Spring's Busiest Meteor Showers

The Eta Aquarids, peaking this weekend. To catch the "shooting stars," just step outside & look to the southern night sky. 

The Eta Aquarids Reached Their

Approximate peak Friday morning (May 6), and they will continue to put on a strong showing in the coming days, reaching as many as 30 meteors an hour.

And These Meteors Are Known

For their speed, reaching some 148,000 mph (just over 238,000 km/h) as they hit our atmosphere, NASA said.

The Shooting Stars Originate

From Halley's Comet (1P/Halley), a short-period comet that swings through the inner solar system every 75 to 76 years and will next come by in about 2061.

During These Visits

The comet leaves behind its own calling card — a debris trail of dust grains that Earth plows through every May.

The Bits

Of debris that hit our atmosphere will burn up harmlessly before reaching the ground.