Skywatchers can catch 2 separate meteor showers that can be peaking on Monday evening into early Tuesday. If climate situations allow, and relying on your location, individuals might even see around 25 meteors per hour due to the dueling meteor showers, the Southern Delta Aquariids and alpha Capricornids, lighting up the night sky.
Based on the American Meteor Society (AMS), each shower has been active since early or mid-July. Since a new moon arrives within the coming days, these meteor showers will not compete with as much natural light pollution, making for optimum conditions to witness heavenly particles — truly the dusty trail of comets — flying past Earth.
When you miss the meteor showers on Monday-Tuesday, the annual Perseid meteor shower is coming next month. Nevertheless, this year the Perseids will peak on August 13, two days earlier than a full moon, limiting its visibility. This shower, which is active from July 3 through August 11, shouldn’t be very strong and it not often produces in excess of five meteors per hour, based on AMS. Its most notable feature is the variety of bright fireballs it produces throughout its activity period. The shower is seen equally well on both side of the equator, AMS stated. The Delta Aquariids are lively from July 12 until August 23. They’re best seen within the Southern Hemisphere and southern latitudes of the Northern Hemisphere, based on AMS. These are often faint meteors that lack each persistent trains and fireballs.