SCOTTISH stargazers are set to be dazzled next week as the Eta Aquarid meteor shower peaks.

The shower, which is active between April 15 and May 27, is formed from debris created by Halley's Comet.

The Eta Aquarids are considered a strong shower with people in both the northern and southern hemispheres able to view it.

What are the Eta Aquarids and how are they formed?

The National: The Eta Aquarid meteor shower will peak on May 4 and May 5The Eta Aquarid meteor shower will peak on May 4 and May 5 (Image: Getty)

The Eta Aquarids are formed from space debris created by the "celestial icon" Halley's Comet, according to Space magazine.

When the planet passes through the comet's debris, these particles enter the atmosphere and heat up, creating impressive "shooting stars" in the night sky.

When will the Eta Aquarids peak in 2024?

The Eta Aquarids have been active since April 15 and will stick around until May 27.

The extraordinary meteor shower is set to peak on the night of May 6.

What will the weather be like in Scotland for the Eta Aquarid meteor shower?

According to the Met Office's long-range forecast, northern parts of the UK like Scotland are to expect drier weather between April 29 and May 8.

However, northwestern parts of the country could see rain and even thunder conditions, making it less likely that stargazers will get a clear view of the sky.

The best places to see the Eta Aquarid meteor shower in Scotland

There are a number of areas across Scotland perfect for seeing the Eta Aquarid meteor shower. These places are away from light pollution and the hustle and bustle of city life.

Here are some great places across Scotland for star gazing, according to Visit Scotland.

Galloway Forest Park

Known for its exceptionally dark skies, the site is the UK's largest forest park.

North Ronaldsay

Orkney's northernmost island North Ronaldsay was recently recognised as a "dark sky island", making it ideal for enjoying the night sky to its fullest.

The National: Galloway Forest Park and North Ronaldsay are great places to see the meteor showerGalloway Forest Park and North Ronaldsay are great places to see the meteor shower (Image: Getty)

Tomintoul and Glenlivet – Cairngorms Dark Sky Park

Dark sky events take place here all year round with the Cairngorms Astronomy Group regularly watching the sky.


The town of Moffat recently adopted new street lighting to help keep light pollution at bay, seeing it named Europe's first "dark sky town".

Tips for getting the best views of the Eta Aquarids this May

Astronomers recommend lying on your back and using the naked eye, allowing you to see as much of the sky as possible.

Nasa has also advised giving your eyes time to adjust to the dark to see the celestial event better.

This can be done by staying away from phone screens and bright lights as these can negatively impact your night vision.