SOUTH MISSISSIPPI (WLOX) - The month of May’s only meteor shower, the Eta Aquarids, will be reaching its peak. So, don’t be surprised if you see a shooting star or two in the pre-dawn sky over the next few days.
The Eta Aquarid meteor shower typically runs from mid April to late May, peaking in early May.
This year, peak nights will be Saturday May 4 night into early Sunday May 5 as well as Sunday May 5 night into early Monday May 6. Best viewing hours each night will be between midnight and sunrise.
This particular meteor shower does not have a sharp peak but instead spreads its activity maximum over a plateau of a few days, according to the American Meteor Society.
At peak, this meteor shower can reach rates of 10 to 30 meteors per hour.
It’s not the biggest and brightest meteor shower of the year with such a low peak rate. These are swift meteors that produce a high percentage of persistent trains, but few fireballs.
Viewing conditions for 2019′s Eta Aquarids look pretty good since the moon will only be in its thin crescent phase during peak night-- so there won’t be too much bright moonlight getting in the way of seeing the meteors.