Make a wish on a shooting star from Eta Aquarid shower

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If you want to make a wish upon a shooting star this week, the time begins at 3:00 am Friday morning to dawn – about 5:00 am.

There will be a show in the sky by the Eta Aquarid meteor shower – which began on April 19 and will last until May 28. The shooting star show peaks on May 6-7.

The meteor shower site — the point in the sky where the meteors originate from — is in Aquarius, near the star Eta Aquarii, which is why the name is Eta Aquarids. The meteors are created by debris from Comet Halley, which takes around 76 years to make a revolution round the sun. The debris hits Earth’s atmosphere and mostly burns up due to friction.

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Halley is the only known short-period comet that is clearly visible to the naked eye from Earth, and the only naked-eye comet that might appear twice in a human lifetime. Halley last appeared in the inner parts of the Solar System in 1986 and will next appear in mid-2061. The Halley debris also creates another meteor show in October when the Earth passes for a second time through Halley’s path around the Sun. This creates the Orionid meteor shower on October 20.

This year is a lucky one as the May 6 is a New Moon day and the sky is clear and dark to witness the spectacle of bright lights bolting across the sky.

This meteor shower has a relatively broad maximum – meaning you can watch it the day before and after the predicted peak of May 6. – CINEWS

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