May 4, 2021

The Eta Aquarid meteor shower of 2021 peaks this week. Here’s how to see it

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Peaks on 6th May; in Northern latitudes it show best near the horizon early morning.

Early Thursday morning (May 6), just before dawn begins to light up the eastern sky, we’ll have an opportunity to see some of the remnants of the most famous of comets briefly light up the early morning sky.

Halley’s Comet made its last pass through the inner solar system in 1986 and is not due back until the summer of 2061. Nonetheless, each time Halley sweeps around the sun, it leaves behind a dusty trail — call it “cosmic litter” — that ends up trailing behind the comet.

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