Double meteor shower set to peak Monday night - Tuesday morning


The alpha Capricornids, which are active through August 15 will bring about five meteors per hour.

The meteors of the Aquariid shower-which travel at around 93,000 miles per hour-are usually faint and lack both persistent trains and fireballs, according to the AMS.

The next major meteor shower is the Perseids, which started July 17 and peak about August 12.

Delta Aquarids are active from July 12-Aug.

However, it is one of the longest meteor showers of the year.

During this window of activity is a single peak when the number of meteors in our skies spikes.

The Delta Aquariids meteor shower is a spectacular display of what is essentially space dust and bits of debris from a comet (or comets) in our orbital path that flew close to the Sun.

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According to AccuWeather, there should be 20 to 25 meteors visible per hour from dusk until dawn on Tuesday, with the best time for viewing right after midnight.

The concurrent meteor showers will be most visible just after midnight in the eastern US where it is predicted to be mostly cloud-free.

Two meteor showers peaking around the same time could offer a good opportunity to do some skywatching to start the week.

These include suburban areas with little to none light pollution or clear spots out in the countryside.

"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", NASA said.

Look up! Tonight (July 29), into early Tuesday (July 30) morning, skywatchers will be able to view a dazzling double meteor shower, according to the American Meteor Society (AMS).