NEW JERSEY – The Delta Aquarid meteor shower, which has a look at the peaks in New Jersey on Tuesday and Wednesday, is a dress rehearsal for what to come as you cast your eyes up to the sky in search of something summer looking normal Which still has not happened this summer, dependent by coronovirus.
The Delta Aquarids – and all the meteor showers – are best seen in dark skies, far away from the mildly polluting crowds of people, so it’s easy to go social distances while scanning the skies for shooting stars.
The National Weather Service called for mostly cloud cover in New Jersey Tuesday night and Wednesday, when the long-lasting Delta Aquarid meteor shower peaks and reliably provide about 20 meteors an hour.
Although not as prolific as the Perseid meteor – now flying, and peaking in mid-August – up to 10 percent of Delta Aquarids leave frequent trains. That is, the glowing ionized gas trails may remain for one or two seconds after the meteorite passes.
The best time to see them is after midnight, as is true with most meteor showers. But the waxing crescent moon which is visible in the early evening sky after midnight offers a moon-free view during the pre-dawn hours.
The Delta Aquarids continue to fly through mid-August, and the Perseid intersects with a meteor shower. Already underway and continuing through August 24, the Perseids reliably produce about 60 shooting stars an hour at their early morning peak from August 11-13 this year.
Don’t wait until you try to find Persids. A broad waxing gibbous moon starting in August would be problematic and the second quarter moon on the Perseids peak would faint. But Persides is so bright and prolific that it should still be a winner.
So, is the shooting star a Delta Aquarid or a Perseid? The alternative answer is that either way, beholding a falling star is a beautiful thing, but if you really want to distinguish a delta aquid from a delta meteor, the short answer is to fly from the east to the south. Appears and from persids. North-North-East. Earthsky.org adds:
“This is where the concept of a bright point comes in handy. If you trace all Delta Aquarid meteors backwards, they appear to radiate from a fixed point in front of the constellation Aquarius water bearer, which is the northernmost Viewed from the hemisphere., Located in the southern sky. The radiant point of the shower almost aligns with the star skat (Delta Aquari). The meteor shower is named in honor of this star.
“Meanwhile, the Perseids radiate from the constellation Perseus to the north-east between high midnight and dawn. So – let’s say you’re in the northern hemisphere – if you’re watching the Perseids, and you see meteors coming up . North-East or North, they are Perseids. If you see them coming from the south, they are Delta Aquariids. In a particularly rich year for meteors, if you have a dark sky, you cross them. Can also see the path! It can be a terrible. Display. “