May meteors: the Eta Aquarids.
The Eta Aquarid meteor shower should be at its peak on the morning of May 6th, though it runs for a few days before and after as well. This is the best annual meteor shower for the Southern Hemisphere. For observers at mid-northern latitudes, however, the radiant is still quite low in the southeast even just before dawn; therefore fewer meteors appear in view, no matter where in the sky you're watching. (The best direction to watch is wherever your sky is darkest).
Far-southerners can duck the waxing gibbous Moon on the morning of May 6th; at 30 [degrees] south latitude it sets more than an hour before the start of astronomical twilight.
The Eta Aquarids, like the Orionids of October, are bits of debris shed by Comet Halley.
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|Title Annotation:||Celestial Calendar|
|Publication:||Sky & Telescope|
|Article Type:||Brief article|
|Date:||May 1, 2009|
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