The Eta Aquarid meteor shower will peak on May 6, but sky-watchers will likely be able to spot meteors on the day before and after.
Even though the meteors will be visible anytime during the night, but best time to look is before sunrise and generally towards the east.
To improve your chances of seeing the shooting stars, try to get away from any city light pollution.
The Eta Aquarid meteor shower is the first of two showers that occur each year as a result of Earth passing through dust released by Halley’s Comet, with the second being the Orionids. The point from where the Eta Aquarid meteors appear to radiate is located within the constellation Aquarius. Sadly, this location is a bit of a detriment to observers, because this area of this sky only rises an hour or so before morning twilight begins.
There are other, weaker meteor showers going on around the same time as the Eta Aquarids. The Eta Aquarids generally appear to move fast. When you see a meteor, mentally trace it backwards. If you end up at Aquarius then you have probably seen an Eta Aquarid meteor!
For those who can’t view the event in person, Slooh will host an Eta Aquarids live stream beginning Wednesday at 8 p.m. EDT.