The Eta Aquarid meteor shower should peak in the bright moonlight, before dawn in the morning, May 6th. I think for a change our weather will co-operate and I plan on setting the alarm and getting up to watch. It's been quite a long time. Below are the specifics from Earth Sky News:
Tonight’s large and bright waning gibbous moon is sure to obscure the 2015 Eta Aquarid meteor shower, which will probably produce the most meteors on Wednesday morning – May 6, 2015 – from about 3 a.m. until dawn. Want to watch in moonlight? Do it. You’ll likely see some bright meteors that shine through the moon’s glare. In a dark sky, especially at latitudes in the Southern Hemisphere, the Eta Aquarids can produce up to 20 to 40 meteors per hour.
If you do find yourself watching in moonlight, remember, you’ll see more meteors if you situate yourself in a wide moon shadow somewhere … shadow of a barn or side of a mountain. If nothing else, use your car! With the moon out of your view, your eyes will pick up more meteors.
Our sky chart below shows the sky scene from mid-northern latitudes just before the onset of morning twilight. The Y-shaped “Water Jar” is the most prominent feature in the otherwise inconspicuous constellation Aquarius. Incidentally, this distinctive Y-shaped pattern of stars closely aligns with the radiant point of the Eta Aquarid shower. For more on the Eta Aquarid radiant and why more Eta Aquarids are visible from more southerly latitudes, click here.
Weather or not I hope you have an awesome evening and always
remember to look up