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Meteor showers in July: when and how to watch

Meteor showers in July: when and how to watch

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During these last few days of July, meteor showers will light up the night sky.

The first shower, the Delta Aquarius meteor shower, is expected to peak around 6 a.m. EDT (10 a.m. UTC) Friday, according to the EarthSky. Its radiation – the point from which meteor tracks appear – rises at midday, peaks at around 2 a.m. local time and drops into the sky at dawn.

When the earth revolves around the sun, it encounters An unbalanced orbit of a comet, whose icy surface leaves behind dust and rocks as they boil from the heat of the sun. When these space rocks fall toward our atmosphere, “the resistance – or drag – of the air on the rock makes it very hot,” according to NASA. “What we’re seeing is a ‘shooting star’. This bright streak isn’t actually a rock, it’s hot, glowing air as hot rocks shoot through the atmosphere.

“When the Earth encounters many meteors at once, we call it meteor showers.”

It is suspected that its origin Comet 96P Machholz, the southern delta meteor shower occurs anytime between July 12 and August 23 annually. It can be seen best by people in the southern hemisphere and southern latitudes in the northern hemisphere, according to NASA. However, a dark, moonless sky is crucial, EarthSky confirmed. It only fits the moon 1% full during the peak.

Meteorites, which tend to number from 10 to 20 per hour and fly quickly 25 miles (41 kilometers) per secondis most visible between 2 a.m. and 3 a.m. in all time zones when the fainter constellation Aquarius the Water Bearer—the shower’s radiant point—is highest in the sky, according to EarthSky. About 5% to 10% of Delta Aquariid meteors leave stationary, glowing droplets and trails of ionized gas that remain for a second or two after the meteor passes.

If you go out for about 30 minutes before you shower, your eyes can adjust to the dark, according to NASA. For those in the Southern Hemisphere, the radiation is closer to the top; People in the northern hemisphere should look at the southern part of the sky. You do not need to use a telescope. For a perfect view, NASA suggested finding an area away from artificial light and lying on your back, observing as much of the sky as possible.

After the Delta Aquariids peak, the peak will be the Alpha Capricornids meteor shower, which occurs on Saturday and Sunday while the moon is only 5% full, according to the American Meteor Society.

This shower is not very powerful and rarely emits more than five meteors per hour, according to the community. However, Alpha Capricornids tend to produce bright fireballs during their peak and can be seen well by people on both sides of the equator.

According to EarthSky, there are more meteor showers you can catch during the remainder of 2022. 2022 meteor shower guide:

  • August 13: Perseids
  • October 9: Draconids
  • October 21: Orionids
  • November 5: South Taurids
  • November 12: North of Torres
  • November 18: Leonids
  • December 14: Geminids
  • December 22: Ursids

You’ll also be able to see five more full moons in 2022, according to ancient farmer calendar:

  • August 11: Sturgeon Moon
  • September 10: Harvest Moon
  • October 9: Hunter’s Moon
  • November 8: Beaver Moon
  • December 7: Cold Moon

There will be another total lunar eclipse and a partial solar eclipse in 2022, according to the old farmer’s calendar. A partial solar eclipse on October 25 will be visible to people in Greenland, Iceland, Europe, northeastern Africa, the Middle East, western Asia, India and western China.

The total lunar eclipse on November 8 can be seen in Asia, Australia, the Pacific, South America and North America between 3:01 a.m. ET and 8:58 a.m. ET. But for people in eastern North America, the moon will be setting during that time.

Wear appropriate eclipse glasses to view a solar eclipse safely, as sunlight can damage the eyes.

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