If you find a place outside the city and stay up late this weekend, you can be rewarded with a great view of the meteor shower Delta Aquariid Science says Sunday will be the peak of showers.
"On July 28th we will see 10 to 20 meteors per hour," he said Friday. "The good news is that the new moon will be on July 31. That means we'll have a nice dark sky." Heaven "to differentiate the aquariums better from the other weaker radiation sources active in the same general part of the sky."
The Delta Aquariide happens when Earth makes a rendezvous with the wreckage of the Machwood Comet Todd remains of ice and particles "no bigger than a grain of sand".
"None of this will hit the ground," Todd said. "It just burns down and we see it as a shooting star."
The Delta Aquariide lights up the sky since mid-July and will last until the 23rd of August, meaning it coincides with the other big night Sky event of the summer, the meteor shower of the Perseids.
The Perseids, caused by the debris of comet Swift-Tuttle, reach their peak on August 1
So, when you look at the sky in mid-August, how can you tell what kind of rain you're seeing?
"The Aquariide tends to be a bit slower and weaker than the Perseids," Todd said.
You can also look closely for more information on a shooting star.
"If you see a meteor, follow the tail," Todd said, pointing back to the original source.
For Perseids this means the constellation Perseus and for Aquariid the star Skat or Delta Aquarii.
"The Perseids can be much higher," Todd said. "It rises before the Aquariid."
If you want to see the show, Todd recommends "choosing a viewing site that offers a wide view of the sky with as few obstacles as possible."
If you are in the vicinity of town, try to find a place with the least amount of artificial light.
"Whether it's the Aquariids or the Perseids, it's a fun summer show," Todd said. "It's completely harmless and fun to see."