The summer of stellar flight continues this week, when not one, but two meteor showers will peak, providing the necessary night entertainment for those who want to lift their necks up. Both are annual events, but what they lack in rarity, they make up for in the spectacle.
The Delta Aquarium meteor shower is so named because its meteors appear to originate near the Delta Aquarius star, which is part of the constellation Aquarius. It actually originates from a comet called 96P / Machholz and occurs from July 12 to August 23, and at its peak this week, can produce 20 meteors per hour.
Alpha Capricornids meteor shower occurs between mid-July and mid-August, due to comet dust 169P / NEAT. This year, it peaks between July 25 and 30, albeit with less impressive three visible meteors per hour. But what he lacks in quantity, it compensates with fireballs.
That’s right, balls. You are not going to miss them.
Meteor showers occur when the Earth passes near traces of debris left by comets and asteroids pulled by the Sun’s gravitational pull. The bright streaks we can see are pieces of the trail that is falling apart in the Earth’s atmosphere.
Both current meteor showers can be seen without magnification in areas where light pollution is not too bad, although Delta Aquariums are best seen from the Southern Hemisphere.
If the weather doesn’t work, or you just don’t have a chance to take a look, another meteor shower, Perseid, is just a few weeks away.
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