It looks like the July night sky isn’t done treating us to a cosmic lights show just yet. Apart from Comet Neowise dashing past Earth for almost the entire month, space watchers can also expect a meteor shower to grace us overhead from July 28 to 31.
The event, known as the Southern Delta Aquariids, is expected to reach its peak near midnight of July 29 or 30. According to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), "The stream normally produces about 5-10 meteors per hour with overall activity of about 15 meteors per hour under good sky conditions.”
To best view the Aquariids, NASA recommends to settle at an area far from city or street lights before lying down flat on your back. Of course, we can’t exactly do that now considering we’re all cooped up in our homes. Our best bet is to stay up past midnight on the aforementioned dates and keep our fingers crossed for a clear sky. “Looking halfway between the horizon and the zenith, and 45 degrees from the constellation of Aquarius will improve your chances of viewing the Delta Aquariids,” NASA expounds.
Meteors originate from particles left by comets and broken asteroids, which the Earth passes through each year. The said debris trails collide with our atmosphere and disintegrate into a pepper of shooting stars gleaming in the night.
Click here for a list of more astronomical events to look forward to this year.