Two meteor showers, the Delta Aquarids and the Alpha Capricornids, are peaking tonight and until Tuesday morning. And with a moon that will be only 6% full, the dark skies could be the perfect setting for a great meteor show.
None of these showers alone is especially strong; Delta Aquarids is more visible in the southern hemisphere and Alpha Capricornids only produces up to five meteors per hour. But two showers that peak on the same night together, in combination with a dark sky, bode well for good views. Together, the rains could produce 20-25 meteors per hour.
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Perseid rain is also currently active and is typically the most popular summer meteor shower in the northern hemisphere. This year, however, reaches its peak from August 12 to 13, just when the moon will be almost full and illuminating the sky. However, the Perseids could add something else to tonight's show.
Meteor showers look better between midnight and dawn. You do not need any special equipment; just find a place with open skies and little or no light pollution. Rest or lie down so you can see a wide view of the sky, allow your eyes to adapt to the darkness and wait for the show.
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