Thursday, July 28, 2011

Delta Aquarids Meteor Shower 2011

The 2011 Delta Aquarids Meteor Shower is expected to be at its peak on July 29th in the hours before dawn, but meteors may be visible any time in late July or early August. The Perseids Meteor Shower is just ramping up as well, with a peak expected around August 13th, but the current "traffic jam" of two meteor shower events could make for great viewing now. Viewing is best in the Southern Hemisphere, but enthusiasts in the tropical latitudes of the Northern Hemisphere should watch the skies as well.

City lights, called light pollution, can interfere with viewing. So can reflected moonlight. Luckily, the moon will be in a thin crescent phase during this event.

Meteor showers are named for the star or constellation they appear to be near. The Delta Aquarids Meteor Shower appears near a third magnitude star, Delta Aquarii.

Stargazing bench. Image: suphakit73; FreeDigitalPhoto

Check out these sites for more information about the Delta Aquarids Meteor Shower, including recommended viewing times for your corner of the globe:

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