The annual Delta Aquariids meteor shower is here, and it happened that it coincides with the faint moonlight, which will provide a better experience of watching this light show in the sky.
The meteor shower is active every year from 12 to 23 August and reaches its peak this week. Therefore, this week is an ideal time to admire the Delta Aquariids shower.
The summit of Delta Aquariids will peak on Tuesday, July 28 until the early morning hours of Wednesday, July 29.
Weather showers are separate pieces that fall off comets and asteroids. As these rocky bodies of frozen gas, dust, and material, which are likely to reach the solar system, approach the Sun, the star̵7;s strong gravitational pull can weaken them as they approach.
Dust emerging from comets is created around the tracks around their orbits. Our planet Earth passes through these trails every year during its orbit around the Sun, and some of the dust interacts with the Earth’s atmosphere and decays to form the streaks of fire that we observe in the sky, known as meteor showers.
According to NASA, Delta Aquariids appear as several shooting stars, about 20 hours per hour at a speed of 25 miles per second. Astronomers believe that the Delta Aquariid meteor shower is based on a short-lived comet known as 96P / Machholz, which orbits the Sun every five years.
The meteor shower comes from the constellation of Aquarius, which is close to the star Skat, the third brightest star in the constellation.
The Delta Reservoir is best seen in the southern hemisphere and the southern latitudes of the northern hemisphere. If you look somewhere between the horizon and the zenith and 45 degrees from the constellation of Aquarius, you will be amazed at the Delta Aquariids showers.
If you live in a crowded city like New York, it is best to build as much as possible to minimize light pollution, so it is strongly recommended to go to the balcony or roof.
You would also want to block any light coming from the screens of electronic devices or batteries and let your eyes get used to the darkness for about 30 minutes before looking up.
It is best to admire the sky after midnight to an hour or two before dawn to make sure the sky is as dark as possible.
This week, it will also happen that it will have the Moon in the first quarter, where the Moon is 90 degrees from the Sun, and therefore only half of its face appears in the night sky.