Halley’s Comet will help spark a meteor shower that is visible tonight


A meteor shower caused by Halley’s Comet will be visible Monday night until the pre-dawn hours Tuesday morning.

The meteor shower that occurs is known as The Eta Aquarids and it happens annually in early May.

The astronomy event is likely to be more impressive in the Southern Hemisphere, where people in Australia, New Zealand and Africa may be able to see up to 40 shooting stars per hour.

In the United States, those in the South and the interior West typically have the best views.

The Eta Aquarids stays active after the peak, so shooting stars could still be visible later this week. It is caused by debris left behind by Halley’s Comet, which only orbits the sun once every 75 years.

The Eta Aquarids is one of two meteor showers caused by debris from Halley’s Comet.