An annual meteor shower is making way to the night sky with a stunning show that could shoot up to 20 flamings per hour. The dazzling Delta Aquariids 2019 meteor shower will be at its nominal peak tonight, July 29, and can be best potted in the Southern Hemisphere, in all its glory
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The meteor shower Delta Aquariids will fly close to the Sun's shedding particles, which hit our atmosphere, about 60 miles above, in the space orbit of a comet (or comets) Earth.
If you miss the celestial show tonight, you have until mid-August to catch the Delta Aquariid as the long, rambling meteor shower is officially active from July 1
Although the Delta Aquariids shower will be best seen from the Southern Hemisphere, people living in the mid-north latitudes can also catch a sight if the moon is out of the way. This shower is known to produce 10 to 20 meteors per hour at broad maximum. If you get lucky, you can also find some Perseids in the scene as the shower overlaps with the famous Perseids meteor shower. Unfortunately, this year, the Perseids meteor shower is rising to its peak on bright moonlit sky on August 11, 12, and 13.
Just like most meteor showers, the best viewing hours to observe the Delta Aquariids are after midnight and before
Meteor showers happen when our planet crosses the orbital path of a comet. When a comet inches near the Sun, it warms up and sheds and scatters bits and pieces into that orbital stream's comet. This comet debris then slames into the Earth's atmosphere at about 150,000 kilometers per hour, vapourize and blaze down as shooting stars
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