Celestial Double Feature Coming To The Skies Near You

Celestial Double Feature Coming To The Skies Near You

Not one, but TWO meteor showers will be visible in the in skies, and you don't want to miss out on this show.

Comet NEOWISE may be on its way out, but that doesn't mean that the night sky's light show is set to end.

The Southern Delta Aquariids are something of a mystery and have been linked to the sungrazing Marsden and Kracht comets, as well as Comet 96P/Machholz.

"Meanwhile, the Perseids radiate from the constellation Perseus, in the northeast to high in the north between midnight and dawn".

The Royal Observatory Greenwich in London said: "As the bits of rock and dust in the stream of debris collide with the Earth's atmosphere, they burn up and create fiery streaks across the sky".

Specifically, the Delta Aquariids and the Alpha Capricornids are now active, with the former being active from July 12 to August 23 and the latter being active from July 3 to August 15.

The Southern Delta Aquariids is active from the 12 July until 23 August with fewer activity either side of the peak time.

The Delta Aquariids are active each year between mid-July and the last week of August.

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The Southern Delta Aquariids and the Alpha Capricornids will be at their peak on the night of Tuesday, July 28, into the early morning hours of Wednesday, July 29! While the AMS notes that the shower isn't particularly strong (about five meteors an hour), the meteors it does produce are particularly bright and visible.

The meteors of the Delta Aquarids are known for dragging long, glowering trails because of the angle at which they entire Earth's Atmosphere.

"Check the weather forecast ahead of time - if the forecast isn't favourable, find a different location to observe from or view the meteor shower on another day". These faint meteors are hard to spot, and if there is a moon you will not be able to view them.

"In less than 30 minutes in the dark, your eyes will adapt and you will begin to see meteors".

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Whilst the formal peak is on Tuesday night time, the Delta Aquarids will be visible until finally late August.

Meteor showers are named for the point in the sky where the meteors appear to originate called the radiant.

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