Most avid star gazers know the Perseid meteor shower is the highlight of the summer. That’s probably going to change this year. The moon won’t be much of a problem for tomorrow’s peak in the Delta Aquarid meteor shower.
The moon officially entered its new moon phase on July 26 and won’t affect tomorrow’s display.
The exact opposite will happen to next month’s Perseid meteor shower. That meteor shower’s peak coincides with a bright super moon.
The Delta Aquarid meteor shower should offer skywatchers up to 20 meteors per hour in ideal viewing conditions. The farther from a major city, the better.
The best places 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 shower originates out of the Aquarius constellation.
If weather isn’t permitting, don’t worry. The Delta Aquarid meteor shower will stay active until August 23. The next few days are ideal though thanks to the new moon.
NASA also has you covered as they’ll livestream a view of the skies over Huntsville, Alabama tomorrow night.
What causes the Delta Aquarid meteor shower? Like most meteor showers, it occurs as the Earth passes through the debris field left by comets. In Delta Aquarid’s case, it was two comets, Marsden and Kracht, according to NASA.