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Delta Aquariids Meteor Shower | 2019

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The universe is putting on an epic show in the sky. Around late July 2019, with a peak around July 28, be sure to head outdoors and look up to the Delta Aquariid meteor shower. This long and rambling shower is officially active from about July 12 to August 23 each year.

The sky conditions are great for the Delta Aquariid meteor shower viewing in 2019; the new moon in early August 2019 means lovely waning crescent moons in the optimum predawn hours in late July, so there should be dark skies throughout most of the night, all through the first week of August 2019.

Delta Aquariids Meteor Shower
July 28, 2019 | Approximately around 2 am (3 am Daylight Saving Time)
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When and how should I watch the Delta Aquariid meteor shower?
If you’re game, the best meteor-viewing hours are after midnight and before dawn. For the Delta Aquariids, the best time is centered around 2 am (3 am DST) for all time zones around the world.

This shower overlaps with the more famous Perseid meteor shower, which in early August is rising to its peak (this year on the mornings of August 11, 12 and 13). Those who observe the Perseids are likely to see some Delta Aquarid meteors flying on the same nights.

About five to ten percent of the Delta Aquariid meteors leave persistent meteor trains – glowing ionized gas trails that last a second or two after the meteor has passed. The meteors burn up in the upper atmosphere about 60 miles (100 km) above the Earth’s surface. Watch for their lingering trains.

What if I can’t watch on the night of July 28?
This shower is long and rambling. Although its nominal peak is in late July, the Meteor numbers for this shower don’t bump up significantly at this shower’s peak; in fact, they’ll continue on into August and overlap with the famous Perseid meteor shower. You’ll have plenty of chances to see Delta Aquariid meteors even if you don’t watch around the peak.

Source: EarthSky


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