DETROIT (WWJ) – You can stand outside under this shower – without getting wet. Metro Detroiters are being treated to a meteor shower the next few mornings.
The May shower is known as Eta Aquarid, and is the first of two showers to occur each year.
The Eta Aquarid phenomenon happens when debris left over from Halley’s Comet burns up as it enters Earth’s atmosphere.
This year, Eta Aquarid will be easier to watch because we are in a new moon period, and the skies will be darker than average. Meteors will be even easier to see the farther away you are from city lights.
According to NASA, observers should start to notice the most meteors around 4:00 am Friday. The shower’s peak will occur on the night of May 5 and into the morning of May 6.
Observers could see 40 to 60 meteors per hour during the shower’s peak, especially near dawn.
The second annual meteor shower occurs in October and is known as Orionids.