May 4, 2016
Halley's Comet Returns to Earth
The Eta Aquarid shower will peak on Wednesday and Thursday with impressive views expected all over the world. The pieces of space debris that interact with our atmosphere to create the Eta Aquarids originate from comet 1P/Halley (pictured). Halley's Comet returns to Earth's vicinity approximately every 75 years.
Due to rain in Boston it may not be visible on Wednesday and Thursday evenings, May 4, 5, 2016. Is this Bill Hailey's Comet? You can always rent a plane and climb above the clouds to see it.
Meanwhile, sky watchers in the northern hemisphere could see five to 10 meteors per hour over the next few mornings.
According to Nasa, the best time to see the shower between 3am and 5am your local time.
'This year the Eta Aquarids will peak during daylight hours of 5 May across the US,' the space agency said.
'Slightly higher rates are likely overnight May 4-5 than on May 5-6 but the shower's broad peak means that both nights will have meteors.
'Some Eta Aquarid meteors may be visible for a few days before and after the peak.'
Eta Aquarid meteors are known for their speed travelling at 148,000 mph (66 km/s).
Fast meteors can leave glowing ‘trains’ of incandescent debris which last for several seconds to minutes.
Look up this week! Halley’s comet is set to put on its annual show and some areas could see up to 40 meteors per hour
Eta Aquarid shower will peak on Wednesday and Thursday this week
Sky watchers in southern hemisphere will have best seats for the show
Northerners might spy 5-10 meteors per hour over the next few mornings
The best time to see the shower is between 3am and 5am your local time
By ELLIE ZOLFAGHARIFARD FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
PUBLISHED: 13:16 EST, 3 May 2016 | UPDATED: 20:14 EST, 3 May 2016