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Aussies Can Expect To See A Meteor And Planet Show This Weekend

Australian skywatchers will be treated to a meteor and planet show this weekend if the skies are clear with the Eta Aquariid meteor shower.

The annual Eta Aquariid meteor shower can be seen on Saturday and Sunday morning from anywhere in Australia a few hours before sunrise.

While the shower peaks on the weekend, you might also catch some beautiful sights on Friday morning and early next week.

And this year, they will be easy to spot with a stunning line-up of four bright planets pointing where to look, amateur astronomer Ian Musgrave says.

"There'll be lots of interesting sky candy just below where you're looking for the Eta Aquariids."

"If you follow the line between Venus and Jupiter up you'll see red Mars, and the shower radiant should be just about where Mars is."

The Eta Aquariids is one of the best meteor showers in the southern hemisphere, second only to the Geminids in December, says Jonti Horner, an astronomer at the University of Southern Queensland.

For true sky-watching fans, you can see the predicted meteor rates across Australia here.