Take a look up! Tonight is the apex of the Delta Aquariids meteor shower, and you don’t want to miss it.
Look up, METEOR-HUNTERS! The Delta Aquariids shower reaches its height tonight, and it’s a spectacular you won’t want to miss.
The Delta Aquariids begin to appear about mid-July each year, throwing the occasional fireball and shooting star over the night sky as they approach their peak. The meteor shower, named after a star in the constellation Aquarius, may not be the most spectacular of this year’s astronomical events. However, astronomers predict that up to 20 shooting stars will crisscross the sky every hour tonight, with a brilliant fireball or two thrown in for good measure.
Delta Aquariids are most active from mid-July to late-August, when Earth passes through the dusty orbit of a mysterious comet.
The meteor shower was first attributed to a group of comets known as the Marsden and Kracht Sungrazing comets by astronomers.
The Delta Aquariids are assumed to have originated from Comet 96P Machholz, which was identified in 1986.
The comet has a diameter of roughly four miles (6.4 kilometers) and orbits the Sun once every five years.
Keep an eye out for the display of nature’s fireworks, regardless of where the rain originates.
This year’s meteor shower peaks throughout the night of Wednesday, July 28 and into the morning of Thursday, July 29.
The night of the peak, as with other meteor showers, will have the maximum concentration of shooting stars.
Tonight, the so-called zenithal hourly rate is predicted to peak at around 20 meteors per hour.
After 11 p.m. BST, when the constellation Aquarius rises in the southeast, you should start looking for the Delta Aquariids.
The meteors will appear to arise around the star Delta Aquarii, or Skat in Aquarius, from our vantage point on Earth.
“Look to the southeast from around 11pm when the constellation of Aquarius will begin crawling above the horizon and the skies will be dark having entered astronomical twilight,” Dhara Patel, an astronomer at the Royal Observatory Greenwich in London, told This website.
“The shower’s radiant (which is close to Jupiter) in the constellation of Aquarius can produce up to 20 meteors every hour.
“Try to go away from more populated places; you’ll need a clear view of the horizon, and less light pollution means better viewing conditions.”
Just keep a few things in mind. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”