So far this summer has been full of exciting celestial events and rockets. We recently saw Comet Neolais light up the night sky, and this week we will have two chances to spot shooting stars before the launch of the rover Rose Perseverance, scheduled for July 30. The meteor shower of Delta Aquariids and Alpha Capricornids will be the peak rain this week as well, allowing the stars to see several meteors per hour. Here̵
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What is the Delta Aquariids meteor shower?
Delta Aquariids meteor shower is an annual celestial event that usually occurs from mid-July to mid-August. Although astronomers are unsure, they believe the meteor shower came from Comet 96P / Machholz. Delta Aquarids get their name from the constellation Aquarius because their radiant ray – the point from which meteors appear to originate – is close to the star Aquarius.
When is the meteor shower of Delta Aquariids 2020?
Delta Aquariids meteor showers occur from July 12 to August 23 and will peak this Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, with approximately 20 meteors per hour. According to NASA, this meteor shower is best viewed from the Southern Hemisphere, but you can still spot some shooting stars if you go somewhere with a little light pollution.
What is the Alpha Capricornids meteor shower?
Alpha Capricornids meteor showers usually occur from mid-July to mid-August as a result of comet dust 169P / NEAT.
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When is the meteor shower of Alpha Capricorns 2020?
According to the American Meteor Society, Alpha Capricorns are active from July 2 to 10 and will peak from July 25 to 30, with about three visible meteors per hour. This shower can be seen from the Northern and Southern Hemispheres, so go outside and look up. Although it may not look like a lot of meteors, this rain is known for sometimes having fireballs, so it’s worth starting this week.
When is the next meteor shower in 2020?
The Perseid meteor shower, considered one of the best annual showers, is only a few weeks away and peaks on August 12. Plus, the rover Perseverance will be released this week – you can watch the launch online on the NASA website.
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