The Eta Aquarid meteor shower is basically the litter of Halley’s Comet, so thanks Halley. Next time, pick up after yourself, you slob.
Despite the fact that Halley’s Comet only comes around once every 75 years (just like the fashionability of suspenders), getting more and more horrified over the state of the planet with each passing revolution, the meteor shower from its tail returns every year.
The best time to see it? Tonight. So, clear your schedule of listening to ILOVEMAKONNEN‘s Tuesday alone in your bedroom on repeat, and crack open a window, why don’t ya!
A meteor shower is basically the dusty innards of the comet that have been strewn into its tail and eventually left behind in our solar system, and as the the debris comes close to Earth, it gets pulled into the Earth’s atmosphere, thus appearing like many shooting stars.
So, bottom line, you can make a wish, but the cold, unfeeling Universe will not answer your meaningless pleas.
The meteor shower lasts until May 20th, but this is the best night to view it, with one meteor to be expected ever four minutes or so. So, enjoy!