Since a new moon arrives within the coming days, these meteor showers will not compete with as much natural light pollution, making for optimum conditions to witness heavenly particles - truly the dusty trail of comets - flying past Earth. Now astronomers can enjoy a week of dueling meteor showers that peek tonight and coincide with the near new moon for better viewing times.
The Perseids are also active right now, running from July 17 to August 26, but are not expected to peak until the night of August 12.
Skywatchers are set for a treat this week when the Delta Aquariid meteor shower reaches its peak. "In less than 30 minutes in the dark, your eyes will adapt and you will begin to see meteors".
And the name of the shower is derived from the constellation Aquarius, which is where the meteors appear to come from.
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The alpha Capricornids, which are active through August 15 will bring about five meteors per hour. There will be some clouds moving through the area at times, but there should also be enough breaks in the clouds for generally good viewing.
Amongst these two meteor showers, the Delta Aquarids is the brightest one with 20 or more meteors per hour. The farther away you are from city lights, the better the chance you have of seeing these meteors.
A small chunk of an asteroid or comet is also known as a meteoroid. Paired with the Delta Aquariid this week, those few meteors should help light up parts of the sky.