Keep Your Eyes on the Sky! The Delta Aquariids Meteor Shower Peaks This Week
A major meteor shower is happening on July 28 and 29, and it's an astronomical event that'll leave you starry-eyed. The Delta Aquariids will be most visible to those located on the southern hemisphere this week, although in the right conditions, you can catch a handful of shooting stars per night from July 12 to August 23. The shower's peak typically provides stargazers with a decent number of meteors for a couple of days before and after July 28 and 29, meaning all you have to do is look up! As for the peak days themselves, this shower can produce up to 10 to 20 meteors per hour!
How Can I Watch the Delta Aquariids Meteor Shower?
The best way to watch this shower (and any meteor shower) is to get outside and away from light pollution. The darker the sky, the better. We suggest lying flat on your back as well so you can really take it all in. Delta Aquariids are visible in both hemispheres, although the southern hemisphere will have the most favorable viewing. And don't worry if you miss the peak of this shower — the meteors are normally viewable at dawn a few nights before and after as well.
Where Should I Be Looking?
Delta Aquariids are named after a star in the Aquarius constellation called Delta Aquarii. Look in the direction of the constellation, where showers will centrally be shooting from.
Other Tips I Need to Know?
For the best views, try to get as far away from the city or heavily lit areas as possible. If you have a telescope or DSLR camera, you'll have a better shot at seeing the meteors.
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