Long meteor over Arkansas

Meteor showers happen when Earth passes through a stream of icy debris left behind by a comet. The famous Comet Halley spawned last week’s Eta Aquarids.

View larger. | Long meteor caught during the peak of last week's Eta Aquarid meteor shower, May 6, 2016.  Photo by Darla Young.

View larger. | Photo by Darla Young.

Darla Young in Carthage, Arkansas, caught this meteor on May 6, 2016, the peak morning of last week’s Eta Aquarid meteor shower. The peak has passed, but Earth is still traveling through a stream of debris in space left behind by the famous Comet Halley. Although the meteors are declining in numbers now, you might still see some if you look outside before dawn.

Thank you, Darla!

Read more: Everything you need to know about the Eta Aquarid meteor shower

Deborah Byrd