There's a dazzling meteor shower coming in May. Here's how to watch...

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April showers bring May flowers...and meteor showers. If you're looking for a good show—a complimentary one at that—all you have to do is turn your attention towards the sky. 

In a few weeks, we're expected to get a dazzling spectacle courtesy of the Eta Aquariid meteor shower on May 5. Although this is the prime day to catch a few shooting stars, you'll also be able to see some effects of the meteor shower a day before and after, according to EarthSky. 

When can I see the meteor showers?

The best time to catch the phenomenon is the morning of May 5 before dawn. If you can't manage to get yourself out of bed (no judgment there), you'll also be able to see these bad boys at the same time on May 4 and 6. 

Yes, the times might be a bit inconvenient, but you have three chances to catch 'em! We're confident you can pull off one. 

What is the best time to catch the meteor shower?

May 5 (the peak) and 6 are ideal, as the waning crescent moon will be dimmer, giving you better access to the shooting stars.

Where is the meteor shower visible?

You'll be able to catch the beautiful display in both the northern and southern hemispheres, however, NASA reports that the Southern Hemisphere does have an advantage. 

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Are there any other astronomy events to put on my calendar?

As a matter of fact, we're in for a star-studded April

Your last chance to catch the zodiacal glow—a column of light extending from the horizon—is April 13. (Heads up: you'll have a better chance of witnessing it from the northern hemisphere.) 

From April 19–23, the Lyrid Meteor Shower is best seen between moonset and dawn from any vantage point. And—arguably one of the most anticipated astronomical events—the pink supermoon is happening on April 26 and May 26. Head outside for peak illumination from 11:31–11:33 on April 26. 

Happy stargazing, friends!

Danielle Valente

Danielle is a writer for woman&home and My Imperfect Life, where she particularly enjoys covering lifestyle and entertainment news. She was previously the editor of Time Out New York Kids and a news editor at Elite Daily. When she's not working, you can find her reading a good book and enjoying a cup of coffee. Follow her @dvwrites.