Catch the Southern Delta Aquariids meteor shower peak

Date:29 July 2020 Author: Leila Stein

The Southern Delta Aquariids meteor shower will be gracing our sky with its approximately 20 meteors an hour.

The shower is named after the constellation Aquarius, as this is where it appears they radiate from. The peak for this shower is expected to take place over the 28 to 30 July.

These meteorites are expected to come from the comet 96P/Machhol which orbits the sun once every five years.

This meteor shower is one that is clearer in the Southern Hemisphere, making it great viewing for South Africans. The  Bronberg Weather Station in Pretoria suggests those who want to have look should begin their viewing around 9:30 pm.

How to view the shower: 

According to NASA, find an area away from too much light pollution and come prepared with something to sit on and keep you warm. They suggest lying flat on your back so you can see as much of the sky as possible in one go. Looking halfway between the horizon and the zenith, and 45 degrees from the constellation of Aquarius will improve your chances of viewing the Delta Aquariids. In less than 30 minutes in the dark, your eyes will adapt and you will begin to see meteors.

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