A favorable new moon will help darken the skies for 2014 Delta Aquarid meteor shower (the Southern Delta Aquarids) on the night of July 29-30, 2014. If weather permits NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center will offer a live Ustream view of the sky over Huntsville, Alabama.
Although Delta Aquarids are considered a minor meteor shower with projected peak rates at 15-20 meteors/hour, the darker skies will help even faint meteors shine more brightly.
Most of the world can see them, with best viewing in the southern hemisphere and northern hemisphere tropics. With clear, dark skies away from city lights, you can see meteors any time after full dark, with peak viewing times in the two hours before dawn (your local time).
The live stream from Marshall Space Flight Center will begin on July 30 at 01:30 UTC. This is July 29 at 10:30 p.m. ADT, 9:30 p.m. EDT, 8:30 p.m. CDT, 7:30 p.m. MST, 6:30 p.m. PDT, 5;30 p.m. Alaska, 3:30 p.m. Hawaii.
The Delta Aquarids are a meteor shower that occurs each year from mid-July to mid-August. The shower results when Earth passes through the debris fields left by two sungrazing comets, Marsden and Kracht, that broke apart in space. The meteor shower gets its name because the radiant appears to originate near Delta Aquarii, one of the brightest stars in the constellation Aquarius.
Featured image: Delta Aquarid meteor by Mike Lewinski (CC – Flickr)
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