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Triple Meteor Shower Tonight: Southern Delta Aquariids, Alpha Capricornids, Perseids

Triple Meteor Shower Tonight: Southern Delta Aquariids, Alpha Capricornids, Perseids

Meteor showers are best watched in pitch-black darkness with a clear and unobstructed view of the entire night skies.

The Alpha Capricornids are active from July 3 through August 11.

Three different meteor showers occur tonight, Sunday, August 4, 2019, through Tuesday, August 6, 2019, with the southern Delta Aquariid meteor shower and the Alpha Capricornid meteor shower appearing from the south and the Perseid meteor shower appearing from the north. The Perseids is the result of earth ploughing through the debris field of Comet Swift-Tuttle when this 26-kilometre wide mountain of rock and ice last rounded the sun in 1992.

Here in the United Kingdom, the Royal Observatory Greenwich in London expects up to 80 meteors an hour to appear during the peak.

The Alpha Capricornid can be best viewed in the Southern Hemisphere.

But the Perseids are renowned for producing many intense fireballs, making the meteor shower an event worth looking out for.

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A moon setting before 1 a.m. local time on August 4, 5, and 6 in the United States, will make the night sky ideal for meteor shower watching.

There will be considerably more moon-free viewing time then than at the Perseids' likely peak from late evening August 12 until dawn August 13. This means that only the brightest meteors will be visible.

Perseids are best seen around 2am local time, so depending on your location, you might catch the shower after the Moon sets. Some years, such as 2016, saw about 150 to 200 meteors an hour.

Rather than the usual 60 to 80 meteors per hour, skygazers will see 10 to 20 per hour.

After that, simply lay down on your back and take in as much of the sky at once as possible. But you don't need to necessarily look in that direction. EarthSky also says that all the meteors will come from a point in front of the constellation Perseus.


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