Delta Aquariid Meteor Shower: How to spot shooting stars in Brighton this week

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This show of shooting stars takes place from mid-July to late August every year, peaking in mid-August.

The moderate meteor shower takes its name from the constellation it appears to be coming directly from – Aquarius and the bright star Delta Aquarii, according to the Royal Museums Greenwich.

Here’s everything you need to know about when it peaks and where to do your stargazing.


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When will the Delta Aquariid meteor shower peak?

The Delta Aquariids are known for presenting a steady stream of meteors at low speeds over several days.

This year’s shower started on July 12th and lasts until August 23rd.

Although the shower has been active for more than a month, its peak will take place on Saturday (July 30).

The Royal Museums Greenwich states that the Delta Aquariids “herald the summer meteor season in the northern hemisphere,” adding that the shower is usually best seen from the southern hemisphere.

Don’t despair though as we live in one middle latitude (30°–60°) within the northern hemisphere we will be able to catch a glimpse of the phenomenon.

Where to watch the Delta Aquariid Meteor Shower?

To increase your chances of spotting the meteors, observe from a dark location with as little light pollution as possible.

Avoid looking at lights, including your cell phone, and give your eyes time to adjust to the dark

Keep the line of sight clear and look for the ray of the shower above the southern horizon.

Lying on a blanket or lounge chair gives you a wider view of the sky.

The Royal Museums Greenwich recommends watching from around 2am for it to peak around 3:30am.

Once you’ve located Delta Aquarii in the sky, it’s a good idea to look away from the radiation point, as you’ll only see short meteors.

Meteors appear longer the further you look from the beam, so aim your gaze about 45 degrees from Delta Aquarii.

And don’t pack your binoculars or telescope – apparently your naked eye is “the best instrument”.

For more information and tips see Royal Museums Greenwich website.

Brighton Weather Forecast for Delta Aquarii Meteor Shower Peak

The prospects for the early morning hours on Saturday could not be better, they say Fulfilled office forecast.

Completely clear skies are predicted for the entire observing time – the perfect conditions for a touch of stargazing.

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