The summer of amazement continues this week when not one but two meteor showers will reach their peak, providing much-needed entertainment at night for those willing to head to the skies. Both are annual occurrences, but the ones they rarely lack are what make up the spectacle.
The Delta Aquariids meteor shower is called so-called because its meteors appear to have originated near the Delta Aquarii star, which is part of the Aquarius constellation. It actually originates from a comet called 96P / Machholz and occurs from July 12 to August 23, and at its peak, which is this week, can produce 20 meteors per hour.
The Alpha Capricornids meteor shower occurs between mid-July and mid-August, a result of dust from comet 169P / NEAT. This year, it is reaching between July 25 and 30, albeit at three less impressive meteors per hour. But what it lacks is the amount it makes up in fireballs.
That’s it, fireballs. You will not want to miss them.
Meteor showers occur when the Earth passes near debris trajectories left by comets and asteroids pulled by the sun’s gravitational pull. The bright streams we can see are part of that trace that is disintegrating in the Earth’s atmosphere.
Both current meteor showers can be viewed without magnification in areas where light pollution is not too bad, although Delta Aquariids Aquifers are best seen from the Southern Hemisphere.
If the weather is non-operational or you just do not get a chance to stargaze, another meteor shower, Perseid, is only a few weeks away.
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