Meteor Shower Created By Halley’s Comet Expected Tonight

Photo Credit: morguefile.com

Photo Credit: morguefile.com

Although the infamous Halley’s Comet is only visible from Earth every 75 years, meteor showers produced by its tail appear annually.

As a comet travels through the solar system and Earth passes through its tail of dust and rocks, the planet’s gravitational pull attracts the debris. As that debris enters Earth’s atmosphere, it begins to burn, creating the meteor shower we witness in the sky.

According to ScienceAlert.com, tonight’s (May 5) is known as the Eta Aquarid meteor shower, and it’s a result of Halley’s movement. The debris in this shower were actually separated from Halley hundreds of years ago.

The shower occurs between April 21 and May 20, but the best time to see them is tonight into tomorrow morning.

Online observatory Slooh is making a live stream of the event available tomorrow at 10 am EST. Professional astronomers will also be answering questions from any and everyone, using the hashtag #MeteordeMayo on Twitter.

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