An amazing meteor display will peak July 28 and 29 preceding a much brighter display next month.
If you live in the southern hemisphere and the night sky is completely clear then you’re in for a treat.
The Delta Aquarids meteor shower will light up the sky peaking later this week on July 28 and 29 according a report in Christian Science Monitor and will be best seen around midnight on those days. It is expected to continue until August 23 but that won’t be the end of it.
This Delta Aquarids meteor display will precede the annual extravaganza called the Perseids – a meteor shower expected in August, visible mainly in the southern hemisphere but also able to be seen by some in the northern hemisphere if lucky.
If you’re heading out to catch a glimpse of the moving fireballs, make sure the sky is clear, dark, free from moonlight and artificial light to get the best viewing displays but if you don’t get a chance the Slooh Community Observatory will be capturing live footage and streaming the display online.
The displays are expected to be unusually vibrant due to the crescent moon bringing only faint moonlight and dark skies making it perfect conditions to see the 20 meteors an hour the Delta Aquarids will provide. The Perseids are expected to bring up to 50 meteors an hour in August.
Meteor showers occur when a comet produces debris when approaching closely to the sun producing meteoroids that scatter around the comet’s orbit. From Earth we observe these meteors when our orbit coincides with the comet’s.