The summer of stellar continuation continues this week, when not one, but two meteor showers will reach their peak, providing much-needed night entertainment for those wishing to touch their doors to the sky. Both are annual events, but what they lack in rarity, they make up for in a spectacle.
The Delta Aquariids meteor shower is so named because it appears that its meteors originated near the Delta Aquarii star, which is part of the constellation Aquarius. It actually originates from a comet called 96P / Machholz and occurs from July 1
Alpha Capricornids meteor shower occurs between mid-July and mid-August, resulting from comet dust 169P / NEAT. This year, it peaks between July 25 and 30, albeit with less impressive three visible meteors per hour. But what he lacks in the amount he compensates for the fireballs.
That’s right, fireballs. You will not want to miss them.
Meteor showers occur when the Earth passes close to traces of debris left by comets and asteroids pulled by the sun’s gravitational pull. The bright stripes we can see are pieces of this trail disintegrating into the Earth’s atmosphere.
Both meteor showers can be seen without magnification in areas where light pollution is not very bad, although Delta Aquarids are better visible than the Southern Hemisphere.
If the weather is not cooperating or you just don’t have the opportunity to ripen, another meteor shower, Perseid, is only a few weeks away.
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