Meteor Showers

How to Watch The Delta Aquarids Meteor Shower Tonight

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Canary Islands Astrophysics Institute, IAC / StarryEarth

The Delta Aquarids meteor shower will peak Tonight, Friday night around 2 to 3 a.m, July 29th. The meteors will appear to come from the star Delta Aquaria, located in the Aquarius constellation.  If you have a star tracker app, you might want to look near the area.  This shower is best observed from the southern hemisphere, but you can still see it under clear conditions.

The best time to view the shower is around 2 to 3 a.m, regardless of your time zone. The shower will be visible starting at midnight. Under clear conditions you should see around 10-20 meteors an hour at its peak, traveling at around 92,000 mph.  Luckily the Moon will be crescent, making the shower appear brighter.  The Delta Aquarids actually overlap with the Perseids meteor shower, although it’s peak will be sometime later in August, it’s still possible to see meteors from both showers at the same time.

VIEWING TIPS: Try not to stare at a small area, make sure you are viewing a large piece of the sky.

Another thing to keep in mind is that your eyes need to adjust to the darkness to view the meteors, stay outside for 30 mins to let your eyes adjust.  Avoid a phone or car headlight as this will make it harder to view.  If you can’t avoid using your phone put the brightness very low.

Why Do Meteor Showers Happen?

A meteor shower is caused when Earth passes through debris left over from the disintegration of comets. The Delta Aquarids are most likely coming from the Marsden and Kracht comets.

Make sure you let your friends and family know about this rare display!  Use the social buttons below to share.  Also if you have a question, leave a comment and we’ll reply!

If you get any shots/pics of the shower please send it to us at submit@spacetravel.com or tag us on instagram.  Find us at https://www.instagram.com/space/

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