The annual Eta Aquarids meteor shower is expected to occur this weekend, peaking on Monday, according to NASA.
The meteor shower is the result of the remains left by Halley's comet. Each year, when the earth pbades through the path left by the comet, part of the material burns in our atmosphere, which gives us a flash of light.
While the rain will be more visible to viewers in the Southern Hemisphere, those in the Northern Hemisphere should still be able to capture part of the screen. Fortunately, there will not be a bright moon that prevents vision, so if you can find a patch of clear sky, you should face east between 3 a.m. and the sunrise. It will take about half an hour in the dark for your eyes to adjust, but then you should be able to detect some shooting stars.
And, according to NASA, even if you can not take the time to observe the stars on Sunday or Monday morning, you should still be able to catch some up to a week later.
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