Delta Aquarids

This year’s Delta Aquarid meteor shower is building toward its peak on the 29th/30th July.

The Southern Delta Aquarids are a meteor shower visible from mid July to mid August each year with peak activity on or around 29th July. The shower originated from the breakup of what are now the Marsden and Kracht Sungrazing comets. Their name is due to the shower radiant being located near the star Delta Aquarius.

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The Delta Aquarids are best viewed in the pre-dawn hours, away from the glow of street-lights. The radiant is above the southern horizon for us Northern Hemisphere viewers and so the meteors tend to fan out in all compass points – east, north and west.

Detailed observing information and history can be found here.

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Posted on 26 July, 2009, in Astronomy News and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Hi!
    I am in Israel, and your notes are too technical for me. Practically speaking, where do I need to look in the night sky to see the meteor shower?

    Thanks for the post,
    Ted

  2. With meteor showers, there’s not one particular direction to look in. In this case they will be coming from the south. Take a comfortable chair outside from about midnight and sit & watch. You have to be patient with meteor showers.

  3. Perhaps including a basic star chart or refering confused fans to “The Stars: A New Way to View Them” by H.A. Rey might be more helpful.

    The radiant point is the place in sky where most of the streamers seem to come from… if we traced their path back to the source.

    Hope this helps!

  4. Hi,

    I wondered if these meteors may have been observed from Mallaig (West Coast of Scotland) in a South Westerly direction on the 30th of July. We had a report of a red flare, and after thorough investigation nothing was found. I wondered if the Delta Aquirids may have been the cause,

    Thank you in advance
    Jackie

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