Meteor shower tonight: Halley's Comet meteor shower peaks today - How to see

A meteor of the Orionid Meteor Shower created by remnants of Halley's Comet which pass through the earth's atmosphere streak

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And because you would be looking at the moon through the densest part of Earth's atmosphere.it will appear to be a deep orange color (when rising or setting) and an entrancing pale yellow color (when just above the horizon).

Halley's Comet produces two meteor showers - the other is the Orionids later in the year.

Thankfully, the Southern Hemisphere is ideally placed for the spectacle, and celestial fans should be able to catch it from their own backyards, without having to leave home.

Prof Jonti Horner, an astrophysicist at the University of Southern Queensland, was out last night in his back yard in Toowoomba, Queensland and saw about seven meteors in 30 minutes "but I probably missed a few as I was messing with my camera".

The Sydney Observatory said the shower "offers returns for early risers", who should look east between 3.30am and 5.30am. We get it. Luckily, there will still be some notable activity happening in the sky for around 24-hours following the brunt of the show, with some meteors passing through up to a week out, so hopefully you'll still get to see a bit of the action!

Despite this, Gianforte said you should still look up and try to see the shower if you are away from busy cities or suburbs.

From the northern hemisphere, the shooting stars often appear as "earth grazers" - long meteors that appear to skim the surface of the Earth near the horizon.

The supermoon rises behind a downtown office building in Kansas City Mo. Tuesday
FILE- The supermoon rises behind a downtown office building in Kansas City Mo

Numerous meteor showers throughout the year are caused by debris left behind by comets when they visit the inner solar system.

The annual shower serves as a reminder of the famed fireball only visible from Earth every 75 years or so.

To find the best spot to scour the night sky, Bruce McClure from EarthSky.org suggests finding the Aquarius Constellation, and pinpointing its Y-shaped "Water Jar", which is made up of four stars, including Eta Aquarii. On May 7, the "Super Flower Moon" arrives just in time for the spring flowers to bloom.

Unfortunately, the shower is peaking very close to a full moon, so only the brightest of shooting stars will be visible.

Using binoculars or telescopes to watch the event will, however, limit your field of view along with the number of meteors you will see.

"You should be able to see detailed craters with the naked eye -you may even see it cast moon shadows on the ground", he says.

If there's a time to hope the clouds over WA clear, it's now. Vlahos recommends finding a dark spot and looking to the north-east - you could see five to seven meteors in urban and suburban areas (and 15 to 18 in rural areas).

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