The night sky is one of Earth's most beautiful natural wonders - and there's something about the twinkle of the moon and stars amongst the inky darkness of the sky that is seriously enchanting. The sky is about to get more breathtaking this month with the stunning Eta Aquarids Meteor Shower.
The Eta Aquarids Meteor Shower produces up to 60 meteors per hour shooting across the sky at its peak for one of the most wondrous sights of our universe. Since Florida is in the Southern Hemisphere, we get some of the best sights of the shower - and the new moon will create a dark inky black night, perfect viewing conditions for the meteor shower illuminating the sky.
This meteor shower ranks as one of the best showers to bless our sights. It is produced by dust particles left behind by the infamous Halley comet. The meteors will radiate from the constellation Aquarius - where it gets its name - but can appear anywhere across the night sky. You can see what the Aquarius constellation looks like below:
This meteor shower actually goes on from April 19th to May 28th but is not generally visible until its peak. The peak this year will be on the night of May 6th and before dawn on May 7th. Your best viewing conditions will be from a dark location after midnight on the 6th throughout the night.
Maybe take Monday and Tuesday off and plan a little camping trip at the Pine Key or Flamingo campgrounds in the largest subtropical wilderness in Florida. You'll have the least amount of light pollution to ruin your viewing. The Everglades is stunning in and of itself, and they're known to be one of the best spots to get long exposure shots of the night sky -- perfect for capturing this incredible meteor shower.