Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Tonight's Sky for July 29: Delta Aquarid Meteors Peak

Today, the Delta Aquarid Meteor Shower is set to come to a peak, thus kicking off 'meteor season,' which culminates with the Geminids in December.

Every July, Earth passes through the stretch of space junk, reaching the deepest concentration on the night of the 29th. According to some estimates, under ideal conditions (dark country skies), one can expect to see 10-15 meteors per hour on peak night. The best time to view is in the hours just before dawn as Aquarius is at its highest then, albeit still rather low in the South. To improve odds of seeing meteors, travel out to the country to escape suburban/urban light domes.

Fortunately, the Moon is near New, which is ideal as this means that the Moon will be out of the way, and thus unable to out-shine the meteors, for this year.

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