Meteor shower peaks this week

Published: May. 2, 2016 at 10:03 AM MST|Updated: Feb. 28, 2018 at 5:23 PM MST
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You can wish upon a shooting star this week. The Eta Aquarid meteor shower peaks early Friday morning May 6. This peak coincides with a new moon, which means especially dark skies for viewing the flashes of light streaking across the sky.

The best time to see the meteor shower is from 3 a.m. Friday morning to dawn, which is around 5 a.m. this time of year. Look to the east for the best chance of seeing a shooting star.

The space debris that produces this meteor shower is from Halley's comet. The debris hits Earth's atmosphere and mostly burns up due to friction. Halley's comet is visible to the naked eye when passing Earth. The last pass was in 1986 and next one will be in 2061.