We are in the midst of a meteor shower. Right now, Earth is twirling through the tail of Halley’s Comet, arguably the most famous comet in our solar system.

And as tiny grain-of-rice-size bits of debris smack into our atmosphere and burn up, they sizzle through the sky in a month-long annual spectacle known as the Eta Aquarids. They run from April 20 until May 21 this year and will reach their peak on the evening of Thursday, May 5.

Lucky stargazers in the Southern Hemisphere will see meteors dash through the sky at a rate of about 30 or 40 per hour. But Northern stargazers won’t be left completely in the dust — they’ll still be able to see about 10 to 20 meteors per hour. READ MORE