Will clouds part over Upstate NY tonight for double meteor shower?


The Delta Aquariids and the Alpha Capricornids are the first meteor showers since May. But once you find a clear, dark view of the night sky, the rest is purely a waiting game. Experts also say getting away from city or street lights can also help improve the view.

EarthSky notes that the Delta Aquariid shower is active every year from about July 12 to August 23.

If you can't hang with the late night stargazers Monday night, don't worry - the Perseid meteor showers will be at its most visible in mid-August.

Skywatchers are in for a treat as the spectacular Southern Delta Aquariid meteor shower peaks in activity over the next day or so.

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The Delta Aquarids will continue into mid-August, but will be less readily visible due to the smaller amount of meteors being seen each hour.

"But don't let that date thwart you, if you have a chance to be in a dark place for meteor-watching, anytime in the coming weeks". Every year between mid-July and the end of August, bits and pieces of the disintegrated comets slam into the Earth's atmosphere.

According to the New York Times, when you see a meteor shower, you're actually looking at debris from a comet that crashed into Earth's atmosphere A comet is somewhat messy, like that one friend who always comes over and forgets all of her stuff. Meteor showers are a great opportunity for time-lapse videos and long-exposure photography, allowing your shots of the night sky to turn into van Gogh-like paintings of this starry spectacle. The Southern Delta Aquariids get their name from Delta, the third-brightest star in the Aquarius constellation.

Together, viewers could see a potential 21 meteors per hour. You can expect to see five meteors per hour.