Sunday, 18 August, 2019

Three reasons to look up at tonight's sky

Dazzling Meteor Shower ‘Delta Aquariids 2019’ Is Officially Active Right Now Spectacular meteor shower set to light up skies tonight: What you need to know
Sandra Phillips | 29 July, 2019, 22:54

The southern delta Aquariids, which are active from July 12 to August 23, are expected to peak overnight while the moon is six per cent full, according to the AMS website.

The alpha Capricornids, which are active from July 3 to August 15, are also due to peak overnight Monday when the moon is six per cent full.

Three different meteor showers are underway and two of them will peak tonight.

The Aquarids are active from July 12 through August 23 and peak tonight.

During this window of activity is a single peak when the number of meteors in our skies spikes. "Be patient - the show will last until dawn, so you have plenty of time to catch a glimpse". In prime conditions, the shower produces up to 20 meteors per hour.

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Because of this, the Delta Aquarids are not considered one of the most active showers of the year.

Meteor showers are celestial events in which several meteors can be seen in the night sky appearing to originate from a single point.

These include suburban areas with little to none light pollution or clear spots out in the countryside. It's best to watch from areas with a minimal amount of artificial light.

Once you find a suitable location and pack some tasty treats, water and blankets, look for the constellation Aquarius and its brightest star Delta Aquarii. "Looking halfway between the horizon and the zenith, and 45 degrees from the constellation of Aquarius will improve your chances of viewing the Delta Aquariids". The Delta Aquarids will continue into mid-August, but will be less readily visible due to the smaller amount of meteors being seen each hour.

Leave your telescope and binoculars at home - your eyes are the best tool for the job.

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