Posted by: Sandy Steinman | July 12, 2017

Delta Aquariid Meteor Shower

EarthSky reports

Late July 2017 – around July 27 or 28 – presents the nominal peak of the Delta Aquariid meteor shower, but this long-lived meteor shower rambles along steadily from about July 12 to August 23 each year. The full moon on August 7, 2017 means rather wide waxing crescent moons at and near the peak dates of July 27 and 28. Fortunately, the moon will set at late evening, to provide moon-free skies between midnight and dawn. (Click here, and check the moonrise and moonset box, to find out when the moon sets in your sky.) Typically, this shower produces the most meteors in the predawn hours and overlaps with the more famous Perseid meteor shower. So you might see a few Perseids in the mix. Follow the links below to learn more.

When and how should I watch the Delta Aquariid meteor shower?

How can I tell Perseid meteors from Delta Aquariid meteors?

Delta Aquariid meteors may come from Comet 96P Machholz.

via Watch for Delta Aquariid meteors | Astronomy Essentials | EarthSky

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