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Halley’s Comet is responsible for the meteor shower you’ll see overnight – KHOU.com

It’s the Eta Aquarids meteor shower and we can thank the famous Halley’s Comet for the show.

HOUSTON — Attention star gazers – there’s a great show to catch in the sky if you’re up during the early morning hours Tuesday.

That’s when we’ll have the peak of the Eta Aquarids meteor shower!

We can thank Halley’s Comet for the shower, which peaks each year during early May when the Earth passes through a debris trail caused by the comet.  These meteors move fast, traveling at about 148,000 mph into Earth’s atmosphere.  They can leave glowing “trains,” which last for several seconds to minutes.

Here’s a map showing viewing conditions

Under normal conditions, the annual spectacle produces around 30 meteors per hour. The Eta Aquarids meteor shower is best seen in the Southern Hemisphere because Aquarius is higher up in the sky there, but it is also visible for us north of the equator. 

The best way to see them — look straight up with your feet pointed to the east after midnight.  And it’s tough to do in Houston, but optimal viewing is away from the big city lights.

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