The Delta Aquarid meteor shower will peak around 9:30 PM EDT on Tuesday, July 29. Usually, it’s a minor skywatching event, but this year’s Delta Aquarid could be a big event – especially due to the new moon. The well-timed moon cycle will darken the skies, giving skywatchers a better view of this year’s meteor shower.
Watch Delta Aquarid Meteor Shower on Slooh
The cosmic show would be visible from July 28-31. But the moon will have set by the time it peaks tonight, offering observers ideal viewing conditions. Skywatchers can expect to see 15-20 meteors per hour on July 29 in the hours before midnight. Though it will be visible all over the world, the best viewing conditions are in the tropical areas of both hemispheres.
If you can’t watch the Delta Aquarid meteor shower in person, don’t worry. You can still watch it live online. The Slooh Community Observatory will host a webcast. It will feature the meteor shower as seen from the Canary Islands off the west coast of Africa and Arizona in the U.S. There will also be experts to discuss the cosmic show. You can watch it live on Slooh.com by clicking this link. It will begin at 10:00 PM EDT on July 29. Slooh Community Observatory is using special equipment to show you as many meteors as possible.
NASA will also webcast the Delta Aquarid meteor shower
NASA will also be hosting a Delta Aquarid meteor shower webcast, weather permitting at 9:30 PM EDT on July 29. The agency’s live stream will feature the meteor shower from the Marshall Spaceflight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. Astronomers are still not sure of the origins of the Delta Aquarid meteors. It radiates from a point near the constellation Aquarius. Delta Aquarid got its name from the fact that this point is close to the star Delta Aquarii.
Researchers say the meteor shower is produced when our planet travels through the debris left behind by the short-lived Comet Macholtz, which was discovered in 1986. The particles separated from the cosmic body burn up in the atmosphere, which we can see from the Earth.