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Meteor Shower Extravaganzas in the Coming Weeks

Jul 25, 2016 12:40 AM EDT
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The Annual Perseid Meteor Shower Offers Celestial Show In Night Sky
While waiting for the annual Perseids Meteor shower this August, sky watchers can enjoy the Delta Aquarids shower occurring today until Aug. 23.
(Photo : Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Next month, an annual meteor shower is expected to occur called Perseids meteor shower, but while waiting, sky watchers can enjoy the Delta Aquarids meteor showing happening today until Aug. 23 with up to 20 flashes per hour.

On July 28 and 29, the Delta Aquarids meteor shower will lit the sky, especially in the southern hemisphere.

The meteor shower is composed of fascinating fireballs speeding up and lighting the sky. These showers occur several times a year. In fact, this August the annual meteor shower is anticipated, the Perseids shower. But before the Perseids occur, sky watchers can already marvel at the Delta Aquarids meteor showing happening now until the end of the month, according to Daily Mail.

The shower is prominent in the southern hemisphere but will also be visible in the northern hemisphere. It is currently occurring, but the highlight would be on July 28 and July 29 and is expected to last until August 23, overlapping with the Perseid shower in the middle of August. The Perseid shower is known to be one of the most popular meteor showers of the year. But stargazers are already enjoying the Delta Aquarids that started on July 12.

But according to experts, the fireballs and shooting stars are mostly faint and to be able to enjoy them, it is best to watch meteor showers on the dark sky with no moonlight.

The Science Alert recommends to watch the sky for the shooting stars at around 2:00 am or 3:00 am due to the faint nature of the meteorites. And to highlight the meteor showers in August, it looks like nature is giving way for a better appreciation of the extravaganza by having fading crescent moons and darker skies.

Online observator, Slooh, will offer live broadcasts of the meteors showers once they start firing up in the sky. Slooh uses robotic telescopes that take photographs and live telescope feeds with experts annotating the event.

 

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