Posted by: Sandy Steinman | July 23, 2020

2020 Delta Aquariids Meteor Shower

EarthSky reports

Late July 2020 – around July 28 – presents the nominal peak of the Delta Aquariid meteor shower. But don’t let that date thwart you, if you have a chance to be in a dark place for meteor-watching, anytime before, while the moon is still a waxing crescent and setting in the evening hours. The shower offers more meteors after midnight and is best viewed during the predawn hours.

The long and rambling Delta Aquariid shower is officially active from about July 12 to August 23 each year. The first quarter moon on July 27, 2020, gives us moon-free viewing from midnight till dawn. After that, a wider waxing gibbous moon will fill up more hours of the night.

The Delta Aquariid shower favors the Southern Hemisphere, though is still visible from mid-northern latitudes. In years when the moon is out of the way, the broad maximum of this shower can be expected to produce 10 to 20 meteors per hour.

Read more at: Delta Aquariids 2020: All you need to know | Astronomy Essentials | EarthSky

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