Two of the most popular meteor showers are set to grace the night sky. While the Delta Aquarids have already begun, the Perseids will occur in August.
The Delta Aquarids, which started on July 12, can produce as many as 20 meteors an hour. After it reaches its peak, the shower will continue until August 23.
As reported by the Business Insider, the best time to view the shower is a couple of hours before dawn on July 28 and 29.
The Delta Aquarids will overlap with the Perseids in early August to make the shower viewing all the more spectacular.
Patch.com explains the difference between the two meteor showers. The Delta Aquarids radiate in front of the constellation Aquarius the Water Bearer. The point from where the meteor shower radiates is almost in line with the star Skat, or Delta Aquarii. The Perseids, on the other hand, radiate from the constellation Perseus. Visible from midnight until dawn, they are located in the northeast to the north part of the sky.
Those who may not be able to view the shower because of cloudy weather need not feel disappointed. Online observatory Slooh will be offering a live broadcast of the event from its Canary Islands observatory.
Some of the other showers lined up for the rest of the year are as follows:
Draconids – On October 7, space enthusiasts can catch a sight of the Draconids meteor shower, which is expected to occur in the evening hours.
Orionids – They will be occurring on October 21 and 22. With around 10 to 20 meteors per hour, the shower is also known to produce fire balls.
South Taurids – The best time to view this meteor shower will be after midnight on November 4 and 5. Nevertheless, they will continue for an entire month; from September 25 until November 25. Although they only produce seven meteors per hour, they are known to have a high percentage of fire balls.
North Taurids – While the best time to watch this shower is November 11 and 12, they will continue from October 12 until December 2.
Leonids – The Leonids can give thousands of meteors per minute. The best time to view them is on November 16 and 17.