Aquariids peak on Monday starts month of meteor showers

July 29 (UPI) — With the peak of the Delta Aquariids expected Monday night and early Tuesday, a month of shows in the night sky is just getting started.

The Delta Aquariids will begin to peak on Monday night — the most visible period of time will be early Tuesday morning, between 2 a.m. and 3 a.m. — during which 20 meteors per hour will appear.

The Aquariids, which start a month of visible meteor showers that continues with the Perseids in early August, will start from constellation Aquarius and should be visible from the southern portion of the sky. The velocity speed will be 25 miles per second.

The Perseids, which peak between August 11 and 13, can be seen coming from the northern hemisphere.

The Aquariids, which became active on July 21, originated from the comet 96P/Machholz, which has a five-year orbit around the sun.

Stargazers can use this tool to locate the best place to watch the meteor showers. Scientists say it can take between 30 and 45 minutes for viewers’ eyes to adjust to the dark, so patience is required. Experts also say getting away from city or street lights can also help improve the view.

The meteor showers should be visible until late August.

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