The Delta Aquarids meteor shower is getting ready to peak on Sunday and Monday, so if you’re going to try to catch it, now’s your chance. Although it favors the Southern Hemisphere, it’s still visible from mid-northern latitudes. Wherever you are, the best time to try to catch the shower is between midnight and dusk.
Delta Aquarids has been active since July 12 (and will go through Aug. 23), but the end of July is the best time to see its 10-20 meteors per hour. It overlaps with the much-anticipated Perseid meteor shower, which has already begun and will peak on Aug. 12-13. And with the new moon coming on July 31/Aug. 1, the skies will be nice and dark the first week of August to view both showers.
MSN explains how we can tell the difference between the two:
The Perseids radiate from the constellation Perseus, named after the hero Perseus in Greek mythology, near the famous Double Cluster. The constellation is found in the northern sky and is one of the largest. Finding the radiant point for the Perseids isn’t necessary because they fly in all parts of the sky.
The Delta Aquarids, when traced backward, appear to radiate from a point in front of the constellation Aquarius the Water Bearer, which arcs across the southern sky in North America. The radiant point for the Delta Aquarids nearly aligns with the star Skat (Delta Aquarii), for which the shower is named.
With the Delta Aquarid shower, the main trick is to be patient. Get to a dark, open space, recline back or lie down on a blanket, give your eyes time to adjust and then wait for the comet debris to appear.
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