Delta Aquarid Meteor Shower: Catch It In Its Peak!

Delta Aquarid Meteor Shower: Catch It In Its Peak!
Star trails while watching Perseid meteor shower Ralph Arvesen CC BY 2.0
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Two meteor showers – the Delta Aquarid and Perseid meteor shower – will be gracing the night skies. While the Delta Aquarid will occur this month, the Perseid will occur in August.


On Tuesday, the much anticipated Delta Aquarid starts. However, it will not peak until July 28 or 29. Nevertheless, once it does, it will offer a spectacular sighting with as many as 15-20 possible meteors per hour.

The most ideal time to view the shower will be an hour or two before dawn towards the south, as reported by KOCO. As August approaches, the tail end of Delta Aquarid may meet the Perseid meteor shower; also known as the best shower of the summer.

While the two showers will certainly be a treat for all stargazers, it is also important to understand the difference between the two.

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According to, while the Delta Aquarid radiates from in front of Aquarius the Water Bearer (the point of radiation will align with the star Skat, or Delta Aquarii), the Perseid meteor shower will radiate from the constellation Perseus. Located in the northern hemisphere, it is positioned in the northeast to high in the north part of the sky. It will be viewable between the hours of midnight and dawn.

The meteors coming from the north are Perseids while those coming from the south are Delta Aquarid. If one is lucky, they may also see the two showers crossing to make an exquisite celestial event.

In January, the Quadrantid meteor peak did not last long. The Eta Aquarids, too, offered a modest view. The Lyrids, on the other hand, were a spectacular treat for astronomers and space enthusiasts.

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