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Melbourne is in for an epic meteor shower in early May

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We've been lucky with weird astronomical phenomena lately, from the blood moon lunar eclipse to the super blue blood moon. And if you're a bit of a stargazer, you're in for a treat the weekend as the Earth hurtles through a pretty epic meteor shower.

Physicist Clare Kenyon from the University of Melbourne told the ABC we could be in for as much as 50 meteors an hour at the shower's peak. 

This particular meteor shower, called the Eta Aquariids, is thanks to debris left behind by Halley's Comet hundreds of years ago. The Earth passes through the debris every year around this time, but viewing will be particularly good this year thanks to the new moon. That means there will be little light pollution and therefore a good view of the meteor streaking across the sky as they burn up in the Earth's atmosphere.

Providing the weather cooperates, you should be able to see the meteors Sunday night between 2am and 6am, which means yeah, you'll have to stay up late (or get up early) to see nature's spectacular show. But the good news is you don't need a telescope or binoculars to take it in – just rug up, head outside and point your face to the sky.

The meteor shower should also be visible Monday night, with less activity Tuesday and Wednesday nights. 

Can't get enough of the sky? The Planetarium is holding an adults-only party for you to gaze at the heavens without stepping on children. Need to stay fuelled up to enjoy the show? Here are the best late-night eats in Melbourne.

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