How you can view the stunning Eta Aquariid meteor shower tonight

This celestial display is expected to peak on May 5-6

"It is a moderate shower for the Northern Hemisphere". But this week, the Southern Hemisphere gets its turn to see even more meteors light up the sky.

The display is from Eta Aquarids, which is one of two meteor showers resulting from debris from Halley's Comet. The Eta Aquarids meteor shower is expected to peak in the early hours of Tuesday, May 5.

This week, the Eta Aquariid meteor shower, which occurs annually between April 19 and May 28, brightens our skies and is one of the highlights of the year for seasoned sky watchers. But we pass through the thickest debris on the morning of May 6.

"This will be one of the best meteor showers that we will see this year", said Dr Tucker from the ANU Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics.

As with all so-called "super moons", it marks the moment a moon's "full" phase coincides with its closest point in orbit, causing the moon to look bigger and brighter than usual. This year, the meteor shower will also have to compete with an almost-full moon, so you'll catching a glimpse pre-dawn after the moon sets is your best bet. If you need your sleep, there will still be some notable activity for approximately 24-hours after this, and intermittent meteors for another couple of weeks.

No special equipment is needed to watch a meteor shower, although people should pack some patience when heading out to spend some time under the stars.

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The point in the sky from which the shower appears to come from - also known at the radiant - is the constellation Aquarius.

For the best chance at seeing the shower, go outside around 2 a.m. or 3 a.m. and gaze somewhat away from the radiant in the constellation Aquarius, Space.com says.

The water jar is in the southern part of the constellation for those in the Southern Hemisphere, and the northern part for those in the Northern Hemisphere.

Astronomers have noted that we could be seeing as many as 50 meteors pass through the sky per hour, and have cautioned that viewers shouldn't get discouraged if they don't see anything straight away, since it can take your eyes almost 20 minutes to adjust to the dark skies.

Origin of Eta Aquariids as seen from Sydney at 4 am on May 6.

He said: "It's going to be a good time to get out there and there's a window between about 5am and 5.30am when there's no moon". No telescopes or binoculars are needed.

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