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Posted on July 26th, 2014 by Don Cerow

               SUMMERTIME METEORS 

delta Aquarids


On the late evening of July 28th and the early morning of July 29th, the Earth will experience the peak of the Delta Aquarids Meteor Shower. Best observable after midnight, the shower can produce up to 20 meteors per hour, space debris left behind by the comets Marsden and Kracht. Because we are coming hard on the heels of the lunation, the skies should be quite dark with the Moon setting shortly after sunset, without interference from lunar glare and making the meteors easier to see. The meteors will emanate from the constellation Aquarius.

Following the Aquarids, the next meteor shower will be the Perseids, peaking out on August 12 and 13th. This is one of the best meteor showers to observe of the year, producing up to 60 meteors per hour at its peak. Unfortunately, the waning gibbous moon will produce some lunar glare, but many of the brightest meteors will continue to be observable. Like the name suggests, they will seem to emerge from the constellation Perseus.


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