Catch a Glimpse of the Eta Aquarid Meteor Shower

Posted at 1:07 PM, May 07, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-07 13:07:09-04

The Eta Aquarid meteor shower may have peaked earlier this week, but that doesn’t mean you still can’t check it out!

The Eta Aquarids are a late spring meteor shower made up of the icy debris of Halley’s Comet. Although the famous comet won't be entering our solar system again until 2061, its remnants appear in our skies each year. The comet is actually responsible for two separate meteor showers a year—this one and the Orionids, which occur in October.

NASA estimates that this time around we should see an average of 10-30 meteorids per hour. Though the peak of the meteor shower was Thursday night into Friday morning, there’s still a good chance to spot a few meteors a couple days after the peak.

Clear skies may be tough to find though in Central Maryland, as our latest area of low pressure pulls away from the region today. Happy meteor hunting!