Published: Mon, July 29, 2019
Sci-tech | By Patricia Wade

Delta Aquariid meteor shower: What you need to know

Delta Aquariid meteor shower: What you need to know

The Aquariids are best seen from the Southern Hemisphere, but you should still be able to spot some in the southern sky. "In less than 30 minutes in the dark, your eyes will adapt and you will begin to see meteors". Both peak Monday night into Tuesday morning, according to the American Meteor Society.

During the late night hours Monday, the Capricornids meteor shower will start out with 2 or 3 meteors per hour in the evening, with up to 5 meteors per hour throughout early Tuesday morning.

The Alpha Capricornids are not a very strong shower, however it is expected to produce a relatively high percentage of fireballs and will be equally visible on both sides of the equator, according to the AMS. Mostly faint meteors at a good rate across the southern sky.

Not one, but two meteor showers will peak Monday, July 29: the Southern delta Aquariids and the alpha Capricornids.

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The third shower now active from July 17 to Aug. 23 is the Perseids, expected to peak overnight August 12 to 13 while the moon is 94 per cent full. Come prepared with a sleeping bag, blanket or lawn chair.

The Royal Observatory Greenwich said: "Once you've located Delta Aquarii on the sky, look away from the radiant point - if you look in the direction of the radiant you will only see short meteors".

The concurrent meteor showers will be most visible just after midnight in the eastern USA where it is predicted to be mostly cloud-free.

"Looking halfway between the horizon and the zenith, and 45 degrees from the constellation of Aquarius will improve your chances of viewing the Delta Aquariids", the space agency adds. "Be patient - the show will last until dawn, so you have plenty of time to catch a glimpse".

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