The Delta Aquarid meteor shower peaks tonight and with a new moon phase on July 26, they should be pretty easy to spot in the dark night sky.
The best place for viewing the Delta Aquarid meteor shower is in the lower latitudes of the Northern Hemisphere and the entire Southern Hemisphere.
Look towards the southeast at around midnight local time for the best chance to catch the meteors. The meteor shower should offer skywatchers up to 20 meteors per hour in ideal viewing conditions. The shower originates out of the Aquarius constellation.
NASA stated: “On the night of 29-30 July, a favorable new moon will help darken the skies for the 2014 Delta Aquarid meteor shower (the Southern Delta Aquarids). Although this is considered a minor meteor shower with projected peak rates at 15-20 meteors/hour, the darker skies will help even faint meteors shine more brightly.”
Best time to look for both the Perseids and the Delta Aquarids is between midnight and dawn.
The Delta Aquarid meteors tend to be more faint than the Perseids and other major meteor showers. That makes a dark sky free of moonlight even more important for watching the annual Delta Aquarid shower.
The Delta Aquarids gets its name because of it radiations from the constellation Aquarius. The meteor shower, which began July 12 and will continue through August 23, takes place as Earh passes through debris left by two comets which broke apart in space – Marsden and Krach.
The Delta Aquarids shower overlaps the Perseids meteor shower, which is active from July 13 to Aug. 26.
The Perseids meteor shower reaches its peak times August 11, 12 and 13. However, as NASA states, the supermoon will cast an interfering glare across the nights of maximum activity, reducing visibility from 120 meteors per hour (the typical Perseid peak rate) to less than 30.
A live stream of the Delta Aquarid meteor shower will be available by NASA from its Marshall Space Flight Center. The live stream will begin at 9.30 p.m. ET on July 30.
A live stream of the SLOOH camera will also be available July 29 at 10 p.m. ET.
Watch the Delta Aquarids
Delta Aquarids, a meteor shower peak times.