Delta Aquarid Meteor Shower Alert: 10 Things Stargazers Should Know

By @Len_IBTimes on

The Delta Aquarid meteor shower is expected to peak through the last nights of July, with the best time to look up to the sky before dawn.

Here are ten things to know about the spectacular cosmic trails of light for stargazers:

10. There are many meteor showers marked in the astronomical calendar each year. This end-July shower is called the Delta Aquarid because the meteors appear to be packed from the 'delta' star of the constellation Aquarius.

9. This shower favors those in the Southern Hemisphere. Those living in the far northern part where there is little or no nighttime in the sky is not in luck for this meteor show.

8. For amateurs and those unfamiliar with the constellation Aquarius, there is no need to worry because stars will fall from everywhere in the sky.

7. The Delta Aquarid meteor shower has already started, and will continue for about two more weeks after it has peaked. The shower lasts for about a month.

6. Meteor showers typically originate from "parent comets." The Aquarid trails of light are believed to be the result of the breakup of Marsden and Kracht Sungrazing comets. Earthsky.org says the shower occurs when the Earth passes Comet 96P/Machholz.

5. A study has mentioned that thick meteor showers on July 19, 714 and July 14, 784 could be the earliest recorded sky shows on the Aquarid constellation.

4. According to some estimates, under ideal conditions (dark country skies), one can expect to see 10-15 meteors per hour come peak night.

3. It is best to have a dedicated stargazing schedule after moonset or just before dawn, when there is less light in the sky.

2. The planets Jupiter and Venus will also dazzle in the eastern sky, but you have to either wake up too early or sleep very late. The planets will shine extra-bright about three hours before sunrise.

1. It is best to be away from bright buildings when stargazing. Check out more meteor shower schedules when planning an overnight beach trip or a countryside vacation for a darker, but shinier night.

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