Wilmington-area meteor watchers can catch the Eta Aquarids peaks this weekend

Eta Aquarid

"From the equator northward, they usually only produce medium rates of 10-30 per hour just before dawn", the International Meteor Organization said on its website.

The showers typically peak in early May and this year they are expected to peak this weekend.

The Eta Aquariids meteor shower is visible from about April 19 to about May 28 each year with peak activity on or around May 5.

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Earth is now passing through a debris field left by Halley's Comet, with the annual meteor show active between April 29 and May 28 this year.

According to astrologists about 50 meteors can be spotted every hour at their peak. Now, May's only event arrives as the Earth will pass through the debris cloud left by the most well known comet of all; Halley's Comet.

Their radiant - the point in the sky from which the Eta Aquarids appear to come from - is the constellation Aquarius. There might be the occasional shooting star but it will be hard to see many meteors before the sun rises.

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The Metro reported that Nasa advises stargazers: "To view the Eta Aquarids find an area well away from city or street lights".

This dust from Halley's Comet causes two meteor shows each year with the second called the Orionids in October.

The best viewing time for the shower was 5am on Sunday morning. Spectators can lie flat on their backs on a sleeping bag, blanket, or lawn chair, and with their feet facing east. Look at the sky and after about 30 minutes of staring in the darkness of the atmosphere, the eyes will adapt to see the meteors. According to the American Meteor Society, the further south your observing location on the globe, the longer your viewing window, but the meteors will also appear lower in the sky. These meteors travel at about 148,000 miles per hour into the Earth's atmosphere.

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