Meteor showers happen when our planet Earth crosses the orbital path of a comet. When a comet nears the sun and warms up, it sheds bits and pieces that spread out into that comet’s orbital stream.

The Delta Aquarids Meteor Shower is an annual meteorological event – from July 12 to August 23– which gets its name because apparently, its meteors radiate from the constellation Aquarius, specifically from the Comet 96P Machholz. This comet debris slams into the Earth’s upper atmosphere at about 150,000 kilometers (90,000 miles) per hour, vaporizing – burning up – as meteors or shooting stars.

This year the shower’s peaks it will be on the night of July 30 and the morning of July 31. Fortunately, the Moon phase is 2.9% (there is no Moon) therefore, the skies should be dark enough for what could be a good show. 

This Meteor Shower is visible from both hemispheres although it’s best visible in the Southern Hemisphere. 

Find an open sky away from artificial lights, lie down on a reclining lawn chair and look upward during the shower peak on July 30 at 17:21 UTC when we could appreciate an average of 20 meteors per hour.

Stay tuned and find accurate information about the most outstanding natural phenomena in the SkyAlert website: https://skyalertusa.com/ 

 

      

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