AMATEUR stargazers are bracing themselves for a spate of shooting stars in the coming days.
Clear skies are predicted for the early hours of Friday 6 April as the Eta Equarid meteor shower reaches its peak.
The meteor shower is the debris of Halley’s Comet which will not get close to our planet until 2062.
The comet, arguably the most famous of all the known comets, takes 75 to 76 years to orbit the sun, but often comes close to Earth.
When it does come close, some of the offshoot of the comet, which are usually as small as a grain of sand, burn up in our atmosphere and allow us to see the spectacular shooting stars.
Halley’s Comet creates one shower in May – the Eta Aquarid shower – and one in October – the Orionids meteor shower.
The upcoming one will be available to watch LIVE here, courtesy of online observatory Slooh.
The live broadcasting will kick-off at 1AM GMT on Friday where Slooh Host, Paul Cox, along with Slooh Astronomers, Eric Edelman and Bob Berman to talk viewers through the event.
Mr Cox: “I’m excited to be reporting live from Slooh’s flagship observatory in the Canary Islands, which is ideally placed for the Eta Aquariids meteor shower.
“With no moonlight to spoil the view, and dark skies protected by the Canary Islands “Light Law”, this should be one of the best Eta Aquariids showers we’ve seen.”
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