Stargazers could be in for a treat tonight when the Delta Aquarids Meteor Shower is at its brightest.
The meteors, which originate from Comet 96P/Machholz, will be visible in the night sky until the end of next month – the latest meteor shower to hit the skies after Perseid showed itself earlier this month – but Tuesday night will represent your best chance to see them.
So just where will the meteor shower be visible, and what time will you be able to see it in the night sky?
Here’s what you need to know…
Where, how and when can you watch the Delta Aquarid Meteor Shower?
The Delta Aquarid Meteor Shower will be at its brightest in UK skies shortly after midnight tonight.
However it’s worth bearing in mind that the meteors will be faint even when they are at their brightest – while the Moon could also impact on your ability to see them.
‘The Delta Aquariids are active beginning in mid-July and are visible until late August. These faint meteors are difficult to spot, and if there is a moon you will not be able to view them,’ Nasa has explained.
‘If the moon is not present, your best chance to see the Delta Aquariids is when meteor rates rise during the shower’s peak at the end of July.’
If you want the best chance of seeing them, you should venture out around midnight, and while you don’t need any special equipment to see them you’d do well to follow Nasa’s advice – to lie flat on your back on the ground and stare up at the sky.
‘Find an area well away from city or street lights. Come prepared with a sleeping bag, blanket or lawn chair,’ they’ve said.
‘Lie flat on your back and look up, taking in as much of the sky as possible.
‘Looking halfway between the horizon and the zenith, and 45 degrees from the constellation of Aquarius will improve your chances of viewing the Delta Aquarius.’
‘In less than 30 minutes in the dark, your eyes will adapt and you will begin to see meteors. Be patient — the show will last until dawn, so you have plenty of time to catch a glimpse.’
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