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Eta Aquarids closes in on peak May 6, to light up sky

Astronomy buffs in Taiwan will have a good chance of spotting shooting stars next week as the Eta Aquarid meteor shower closes in on its peak, the Taipei Astronomical Museum said Friday.

The Eta Aquarids are expected to peak at 3 p.m. Tuesday, with observation conditions at their optimum later that night, museum staff said.

Without the interference of moonlight, up to 55 meteors per hour could flash through the sky from a radiant in the northern sky, the museum said.

The Eta Aquarid meteor shower happens every year when Earth ploughs through the dusty debris from Comet Halley, named after astronomer Edmond Halley, who determined the comet's periodicity and contributed to further knowledge of the solar system.

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