HAIL TO THE CHIEF: Cosmic Fireworks Ahead

James Zahara Weather Blog

That’s right!  Keep your eyes to the night time skies as the peak of the Delta Aquarids meteor shower sweeps through our atmosphere tonight.  In fact,  these showers have been active for the past two weeks and will continue until August 23rd.  Fortunately, the moon has just entered the  ‘new’ phase, which means no moonlight to blotch out the view come tonight.  All it takes are your eyes and a good amount of patience, where upwards of 15 to 20 meteors are expected.

To increase your chances even more face the constellation Aquarius which will be rising low in the southeast overnight. According to EarthSky.org, the best time to watch will be after midnight.

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If your patience keeps you inside the online Slooh community observatory will stream live views of the Delta Aquarids in a webcast starting tonight at 9pm local time featuring views from observatories in Arizona and the Canary Islands.

Another interesting note, the Aquarids shower may actually outperform it main cousin, Perseid which arrives by late August.  That’s because its showers will be accompanied by a bright full moon.

We’ll see.

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