Delta Aquarid Meteor Shower ~ Peaking Late July 2020

Delta Aquarid Meteor Shower ~ Peaking Late July 2020

The next meteor shower to bathe Earth is the Delta Aquarids. This shower can be better seen in the Southern Hemisphere rather than the North, but they are visible Worldwide and we should see a good blast of 15-20 decent sized meteors per hour.

These meteors tend to be larger and slower moving than those we regularly see. If you’d like to try and spot some, then early morning a few hours before dawn is the best time to view them. Anyone out camping and up at the crack of dawn, keep your eyes peeled 🙂 Alternatively, any time between midnight and sunrise is likely to produce meteors.

The meteors tend to radiate from the constellation Aquarius. We should start to see them from late July onward, with the estimated best viewing nights to be 28 – 31 July, although we will still be moving through the shower for weeks afterwards. Throughout late July and early August, if you think you see a shooting star, you more than likely have 🙂

The Delta Aquarid meteor shower overlaps with the more famous Perseid meteor shower in August (check back here for full details next month). The best time to see both of these showers at the same time is any time between midnight and dawn in the 2nd week of August.

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We believe that the Delta Aquarid meteors come from the trail of the Comet 96P Machholz.

Its summer here in the UK, so grab a cuppa or Pimms, head out into the garden and lie down to gaze at the sky. Same deal in the Southern Hemisphere….only with hot cocoa, many blankets and possibly a roaring fire 😉

 

Photo Credit: Matt Dieterich

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