Earth is about two witness two stunning meteor showers from the Southern Delta Aquarids and the Alpha Capricornids near the end of July.
The Southern Delta Aquarids and the Alpha Capricornids are yearly meteor showers that begin in sometime in the second week of July and ends in mid-August.
Several weak, long-lasting showers with radiants in the southern sky should each produce several meteors visible per hour late in the night: mainly the southern Delta Aquariids but also the Piscis Austrinids and Alpha Capricornids. You might also notice the occasional early Perseid.
The Alpha Capricornids, which originate from Comet 169P/NEAT, stand out as unusually slow-moving and sometimes bright.
Aquariid/Capricornid complex: Late July/early August sees high annual activity due to several ecliptic showers, including the delta Aquariids and alpha Capricornids
, as well as the concurrent Piscis Australids.
The Delta Aquarids, Piscis Australids, Alpha Capricornids
, Iota Aquarids and the rise to maximum and peak of the Perseids may all be observed under dark skies.
of Showers Observed and duration Total Time showers observed hrs Tim Cooper (2) Pi Puppids (1.0), eta Aquarids (8.5) 9.5 Dudley Field (3) Alpha Crucids (2.1), Pi Puppids 7.6 (3.1), alpha Capricornids
(2.4) Koos van Zyl (1) Alpha Crucids (6.3) 6.3 Karen Koch (2) Alpha Crucids (2.3), Alpha 5.3 Centaurids (3.0) Magda Streicher (1) Eta Aquarids (2.2) 2.2 Kos Coronaios (1) Alpha Centaurids (0.5) 0.5 Total 31.4 Table 2.
Several weak, long-lasting showers with radiants in the late-night southern sky should each produce several meteors visible per hour late at night: mainly the southern Delta Aquariids but also the Piscis Austrinids and Alpha Capricornids
. You may also notice an occasional early Perseid showing up.
Several minor, long-lasting meteor showers with radiants in the southern sky are active in July, including the Alpha Capricornids
, Piscis Austrinids, and Delta Aquariids.
Delta Aquarids [e] Jul 29 Jul 21-Aug 29 22 36 Alpha Capricornids
[f] Jul 30 Jul 15-Aug 25 20 28 Orionids [d] Oct 21 Oct 02-Nov 07 06 20 Southern Taurids [g] Nov 05 Oct 01-Nov 25 03 20 Northern Taurids Nov 12 Oct 01-Nov 25 04 00 Leonids [h] Nov 17 Nov 12-Nov 21 10 08 Alpha Monocerotids Nov 21 Nov 15-Nov 25 07 48 Dec.
Several minor, long-lasting meteor showers with radiants in the southern sky are active during July, including the Alpha Capricornids
, Piscis Austrinids, and Northern and Southern Delta Aquarids.
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Meteor Showers Day Shower Duration -- Piscis Australids July 19 -Aug 17 -- Southern Delta Aquarids July 21 -Aug 29 -- Alpha Capricornids
July 15 -Aug 25 Date of maximum activity.