The Eta Aquarid meteor shower 2013 peak, fresh on the heels of the Lyrids, is expected this Sunday, May 5, but the show over Fredericksburg has already begun.
The weather forecast for the Fredericksburg area calls for only partly cloudy skies all the way through dawn. Try to find a dark place and time your viewing in the 4- to 5-hour period before dawn.
Eta Aquarids get their name from Aquarius, the constellation you'll look toward to catch what have come to be known as "shooting stars" -- which aren't shooting stars at all. What you will actually see are flakes of dust from Halley's Comet.
In May and October, Earth passes through the stream of dust in Halley's wake, giving us first the Eta Aquarid meteor shower and then the Orionids.