Two meteor showers – Delta Aquarids and Alpha Capricornids – reach their peak tonight and Tuesday morning. And with a moon that will be full of just 6%, the dark sky can be the perfect scene for a pretty meteor show.
None of these showers in themselves is particularly strong; Delta Aquarids is more visible in the Southern Hemisphere and Alpha Capricornids produces up to five meteors per hour. But two souls that go on the same night together, combined with a dark sky, are good for good views. Together, showers can produce 20-25 meteors per hour.
Currently, Persian Rain is also active and is usually the most popular meteor shower in the summer in the Northern Hemisphere. This year, however, reaches its peak on August 12-13, just when the moon will be almost full and will illuminate the sky. The stripes can add a little more to the show tonight.
Meteor showers are best seen between midnight and dawn. You do not need any special equipment; just find a place with an open sky and little or no light pollution. Relax or lie back so you can see a wide view of the sky, allow your eyes to adapt to the darkness and wait for the show.
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