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Eta Aquarids Meteor Shower 2024

May 5–6, 2024
Time since peak14 DAYS
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The Interactive Meteor Shower Sky Map shows the position of the radiant (the circle) in the night sky above Washington DC (Change location). Note that meteors can appear in any part of the sky, not just near the radiant. Select dates above the sky map. Need some help?

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In 2024, the Eta Aquarids will peak on the night between May 5–6

May Meteor Shower

Also sometimes spelled as Eta Aquariid, the meteor shower is usually active between April 19 and May 28 every year.

Named After Aquarius

The radiant, the point in the sky where the Eta Aquarids seem to emerge from, is in the direction of the constellation Aquarius. The shower is named after the brightest star of the constellation, Eta Aquarii.

The Eta Aquarids is one of two meteor showers created by debris from Comet Halley. The Earth passes through Halley's path around the Sun a second time in October. This creates the Orionid meteor shower, which peaks around October 20.

Comet Halley takes around 76 years to make a complete revolution around the Sun. The next time it will be visible from Earth is in 2061.

What Time is the Meteor Shower Tonight

The table is updated daily when the Eta Aquarids are active and shows the position of the radiant in the sky for the upcoming night. The Eta Aquarids will be active starting Apr 19, 2024. Use the date drop down above the Interactive Meteor Shower Sky Map to change dates.

Eta Aquarids meteor shower for Washington DC (Night between May 19 and May 20)
Mon 3:00 am91°East9.1°
Mon 4:00 am101°East20.7°
Mon 5:00 am112°East-southeast31.9°
Mon 6:00 am125°Southeast42.2°

Direction to see the Eta Aquarids in the sky:

How to See the Eta Aquarids

You don't need any special equipment or a lot of skills to view a meteor shower. Even though all you really need is a clear sky, lots of patience, and our handy Interactive Meteor Shower Sky Map with a visibility conditions meter to see a meteor shower, the following tips can help maximize your shooting star viewing experience.

  • Find a secluded viewing spot, away from the city lights. Once at the venue, your eyes may take 15 to 20 minutes to get used to the dark.
  • Dress for the weather, and make sure you are comfortable, especially if you plan to stay out long. Bring a blanket or a comfortable chair with you—meteor watching can be a waiting game.
  • Once you have found your viewing spot, lie down on the ground and look at the sky. You can use our Interactive Meteor Shower Sky Map or the table above to find the direction of the radiant; the higher the radiant is above the horizon, the more meteors you are likely to see.
  • Meteor showers appear to originate from the radiant, but meteors can appear in any part of the sky.