Summer is the high season for meteor showers, and Skywatchers are ready for the opportunity to see shooting stars.
The meteor shower Delta Aquariid began on July 12 and will be visible until August 23 The early morning hours of July 28. The Perseid meteor shower began on July 17 and lasts until August 24, reaching its peak on August 12.
"These meteors have many small particles, which is why they are well studied," said Bill Cooke, a meteorologist at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, on the Delta Aquariids. "But people will only be able to see her for a few nights."
Cooke said it was best to look at meteors in front of a clear, dark sky, away from bright lights that would overwhelm the meteor-generated light streaks they enter into the Earth's atmosphere and burn.
NASA recommends lying flat on your back and looking straight up to soak up as much of the sky as possible. Patience is essential as it takes about 20 minutes for your eyes to become accustomed to the dark ̵
The delta aquariides that take their name from the direction of The Aquarius constellation is a relatively weak meteor and is easily obscured by moonlight. But no bright moon is in the way this year.
In the highest night of the Perseids, which seem to come from the direction of the constellation Pereus, the moon will be almost full. The moonlight was able to wash out weaker strips of meteorite. However, as the Perseids are usually rich in fireballs – larger bursts of light and color that last longer than typical shooting stars – they should still provide an unforgettable sight.
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