Look up this week as the Eta Aquarids Meteor Shower will reach its peak on ...

Up to 20 shooting stars per hour will light up the night sky this week as the Eta Aquarids meteor shower reaches its peak on Thursday night.

The show is the result of the Earth flying through a cloud of debris left behind by Halley's Comet during its last journey through the inner solar system in 1986.

The show will reach its peak on Thursday May 6 but meteors will be clearly visible from today and through to the end of the week, astronomers explain.

NASA said that to watch the shower you should 'get a comfy chair' and be prepared to sit outside for hours — but you won't need binoculars or a telescope. 

This shower is best viewed in the southern hemisphere, but should be visible from most places on Earth, although the further north you are the fewer rocks you'll see. 

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The next meteor shower to light up the sky will be the Eta Aquariids and it will see dozens of shooting stars per hour, reaching its peak on Thursday

The next meteor shower to light up the sky will be the Eta Aquariids and it will see dozens of shooting stars per hour, reaching its peak on Thursday

The show will reach its peak on Thursday May 6 but meteors will be clearly visible in the days before and after the peak, and in drabs to the end of the month

The show will reach its peak on Thursday May 6 but meteors will be clearly visible in the days before and after the peak, and in drabs to the end of the month

HOW TO SEE THE METEOR SHOWER 

This year, the shower will peak on the evening of May 5. 

For people in mid to northern latitudes, the radiant won't be very high in the sky, so you should be able to spot the meteors on the southern horizon.

Observers in the southern hemisphere will have the best view, and will see the shower's radiant in the north. 

For the best viewing experience find an area away from city or street lights.

'Come prepared with a sleeping bag, blanket or lawn chair,' said NASA.

'Lie flat on your back with your feet facing east and look up, taking in as much of the sky as possible.

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'After about 30 minutes in the dark, your eyes will adapt and you will begin to see meteors.

'Be patient - the show will last until dawn, so you have plenty of time to catch a glimpse.' 

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NASA says the best way to watch the meteor shower is not to use equipment, but instead find a dark area with limited light pollution and look up.

The Eta Aquariids are named after the constellation Aquarius as that is where they appear to fall from every April and May - particularly the star Eta Aquarii.

For people in mid to northern latitudes, the radiant won't be very high in the sky, so you should be able to spot the meteors on the southern horizon.

Observers in the southern hemisphere will have the best view, and will see the shower's radiant in the north.

In a post on its website, NASA said: 'The constellation of Aquarius - home to the radiant of the Eta Aquarids - is higher up in the sky in the Southern Hemisphere than it is in the Northern Hemisphere.

'In the Northern Hemisphere, Eta Aquarid meteors can more often be seen as "earthgrazers."' 

'Earthgrazers are long meteors that appear to skim the surface of the Earth at the horizon.' 

'For the best conditions, you want to find a safe location away from street lights and other sources of light

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