Published: Tue, July 30, 2019
Research | By Sheri Schwartz

Delta Aquariid meteor shower: What you need to know

Delta Aquariid meteor shower: What you need to know

Scientists don't know for sure from what parent body the Aquariid shower originates, but the leading hypothesis suggests that the phenomenon may occur when the Earth passes through the debris trail of Comet 9P Machholz-which was discovered in 1986-EarthSky reported. Dueling meteor showers will light up the sky and luckily, clouds should clear in time.

The Alpha Capricornids are active through August 15 and will bring about five meteors per hour.

When the "radiant" is highest in the sky, we'll see the most meteors.

The sky will be putting on a celestial show Monday night.

Your best bet may be to see the two lesser known meteor showers this week (it's actually possible you may see a few early Perseid meteors sprinkled in this week too).

And the good news is the Moon's glowing face is slowly shrinking away towards the darkened New Moon, leaving the skies nearly pitch-black for meteor-hunting.

"But don't let that date thwart you, if you have a chance to be in a dark place for meteor-watching, anytime in the coming weeks".

The Perseids are also active right now, running from July 17 to August 26, but are not expected to peak until the night of August 12. The next full moon will be on August 15, just after the Perseids meteor shower peaks. Star gazers will have the opportunity to witness three active meteor showers, according to the American Meteor Society.

However, it is one of the longest meteor showers of the year.

With all the light pollution in some areas, it can be tough to see.

It is crucial to stay away from any source of light that could ruin your viewing experience.

The best time to look at the sky is after midnight local time.

To help spot the less-vivid Delta Aquariids, train your eye halfway between the horizon, and 45-degrees from the Aquarius constellation.

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