Meteor shower treat for stargazers on May 6

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Vietnamese stargazers can watch part of the Eta Aquarid meteor shower on the eastern sky on May 6, according to Dang Vu Tuan Son, chairman of Vietnam Young Astronomers Club.

The Vietnam News Agency reported that the Eta Aquarid meteor shower is the first of two showers that occur each year as a result of earth passing through dust released by Halley's Comet, with the second being the Orionids.

According to Son, the weather of early summer in Vietnam is ideal for watching the meteor shower. The best time to watch is between 4 and 5 a.m. on May 6, he said.

Every year, the earliest Eta Aquarids can be seen around April 21 and they persist until about May 12; however, the number of meteors one is likely to see will be low until around the time of its peak on May 5/6.

At this time, observers in the Northern Hemisphere are likely to see about 10 meteors every hour, while Southern Hemisphere observers will see about 30 per hour.

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