Monday Night Witnesssed the Dueling Meteor Showers Across the Sky
According to American meteor society, the upcoming Monday is to bring meteor showers. A meteor shower is an event where several meteors can be observed in the sky. Southern delta Aquariids are active from 12th of July to 23rd of August. This meteor shower is considered quite strong and brings about 16 meteors per hour or even more. Currently, Southern delta Aquariids, alpha Capricornus and Perseus these three meteor showers are active. But this Monday night Southern delta Aquariids and alpha Capricornus are anticipated to peak.
Both the showers need not compete with natural light pollution as the new moon is going to appear in the next few days. This is going to be the first time after Eta Aquarius at the start of May. Alpha Capricornus are famous for fireballs it showers. These are not pretty strong brings about 5 meteors per hour. American Meteor Society describes it as bright fireballs. This shower is equally visible from both hemispheres. Delta Aquariids can be viewed at its best from the southern hemisphere and southern part of the northern hemisphere. As long as heavy clouds are not in the sky, it should be clearly visible. Millions of sky gazers will get to see dueling meteor showers. Both the meteor showers are having a broad peak.
Therefore, those who miss seeing meteor shower on Monday night can get to see it at the beginning of August. Also, the Perseus will peak at the mid-august couple of days before full moon hence its visibility will be limited. Light pollution due to excessive lighting in city areas could hamper viewing experience. For best viewing experience getting away from the city, where no light pollution is present is recommended. These meteors radiate from the southern sky near constellation Aquarius and Capricornus. Viewing conditions of these meteor showers range from poor to good. Factors such as rain, clouds, and thunderstorms will obstruct the view across great lakes, New Mexico, etc.