Meteor showers and black moon: Sky watchers, this is your lucky week

Thursday, 01 Aug, 2019

The Southern Delta Aquariid is an intense meteor shower that happens periodically and is best observed in the southern hemisphere. The phenomenon may produce up to 25 meteors per hour and will be best observed between 2 and 4 AM. With more than 60 meteors per hour, it will be the feast for astronomers and enthusiasts.

The most ideal view of double meteor showers is expected from the regions lying is South Hemisphere, said experts, adding that those in north latitude areas could also spot an above par sighting of the comet-dust filled sky. Since a new moon arrives within the coming days, these meteor showers will not compete with as much natural light pollution, making for optimum conditions to witness heavenly particles - truly the dusty trail of comets - flying past Earth.

The Delta Aquariids can be more hard to see, especially if there is any moon, but the concurrent presence of the Perseids can make the Delta Aquariids more visible.

July will end with quite a show as two meteor showers peak starting Monday evening and they should be visible across much of in, as long as the skies cooperate. The meteors from Alpha Capricornids are not that brighter. Look toward the northeast - although the meteors will cross a large portion of the sky.

'Just be selected that you see in the opposite course of the moon so that you can see the faintest possible meteors'.

Meteors are created when fragments break off of comets or asteroids. Most are located involving Mars and Jupiter in the Primary Belt.

This debris alone is acknowledged as a meteoroid.

Helping make viewing easier is the black moon. The meteors from this shower can be found low on the southern horizon, according to the American Meteor Society. This meteor has reportedly dropped some meteorites in Bancroft.