Look Up! Dazzling Double Meteor Shower Peaks Tonight

Pablo Tucker
July 29, 2019

"The Delta Aquariids are best viewed in the Southern Hemisphere and southern latitudes of the Northern Hemisphere", explains NASA on its website.

If you miss the meteor showers peaking tonight, you may still be able to catch them through the first few nights of August.

The American Meteorological Society notes that the Delta Aquariids will peak late Monday and early Tuesday.

As for the alpha Capricornids, these showers are described as weak ones that "rarely produce in excess of five shower members per hour".

The meteors of the Aquariid shower-which travel at around 93,000 miles per hour-are usually faint and lack both persistent trains and fireballs, according to the AMS.

The pair of meteor showers, the Delta Aquarids and Alpha Capricornids, are expected to rain down from the heavens, bring a combined number of 20 to 25 meteors per hour according to AccuWeather. While the Delta Aquariids are best seen from south of the equator, these ones are seen equally well from either side.

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. Two meteor showers are expected to soar across the sky. Come prepared with a sleeping bag, blanket or lawn chair.

To get the best view, go somewhere with little light pollution and the most unobstructed view of the night sky. "In less than 30 minutes in the dark, your eyes will adapt and you will begin to see meteors".

"Meteors will appear longer the further away from the radiant you look, so aim your gaze about 45 degrees away from Delta Aquarii".

Next up, the alpha Capricornids.

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