Call all Stargazers! Don’t miss the chance to see the Delta Aquarius meteor shower this year. The meteor shower has been active since July 12, but the best chance to get a glimpse of it is at its peak on July 28 and July 29.
What is the Delta Aquarius Meteor Shower?
The Aquarius Delta constellation is within the boundaries of Aquarius, near one of the brightest stars in Aquarius, the Aquarius Delta. The origin of the Delta Aquarids Meteor Shower has been challenged and has not yet been defined. Originally, the parent comets were thought to be Comet Marsden and Comet Klahatsanglaser. However, recent studies have shown that the parent comet is likely to be Comet Machholz / 96P Comet Machholz, which is closely related to the sungrazer mentioned above.
People in the Southern Hemisphere can see the scene even better, but here in the Northern Hemisphere it is still clearly visible at peak times-this year is July 28th and July 29th. At peak times, you can see 10 to 20 stripes an hour!
A glimpse of meteor showers from the Netherlands
To get the best chance of seeing the Delta Aquarids Meteor Shower in its glory, you have to leave the city and head to an area with little or no artificial light. Also, the best time to see the meteor shower is around 3:30 am, so you need to be ready to stay up late. The sad news is that this year the shower peaks just a few days after the full moon in July (July 24th), so there will be a significant amount of natural light affecting your vision.
As always, you must also hope and pray for the Dutch weather to cooperate. The weather forecast predicts that most of next week will be cloudy and rainy, so if you’re planning a night overlooking the starry sky, bring rain gear. Hopefully the cloud cover will break enough and you’ll get a glimpse of the shower.
Don’t miss the Delta Aquarids Meteor Shower next week!
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