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Watch Live: Webcast Of Delta Aquarid Meteor Shower

29 Jul 2015, 00:24 UTC
Watch Live: Webcast Of Delta Aquarid Meteor Shower
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The Delta Aquarids will treat skywatchers to the first good meteor shower of the summer on Tuesday.

The Delta Aquarid meteor shower is set to peak around 9 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, July 28, offering stargazers the first good opportunity to catch a “shooting star” this summer. The meteor shower should be visible to all, but it will favor viewers in the Southern Hemisphere and the southern latitudes of the Northern Hemisphere.

The Delta Aquarids are an annual meteor shower that typically peaks around late July. The meteors appear to originate from the star Delta Aquarii in the constellation Aquarius, which is where the meteor shower gets its name. Unlike other meteor showers, the Delta Aquarids create unusually long tails produced by their angle of entry into the atmosphere.

On Tuesday, approximately 15-20 meteors per hour should be visible under a dark sky. Due to the presence of a waxing gibbous — an almost full moon — it may be difficult to spot meteors. However, the Delta Aquarids lack a sharp peak, meaning you can view the meteor shower with similar intensity from mid-July to early August.

“It’s still a bit of a mystery as to what causes the Delta ...

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