Three meteor showers in the last weekend of July: where to watch them

Three meteor showers in the last weekend of July: where to watch them

The weather flow is best seen on Saturday night and on the night of July 30th, the maximum activity will last until Sunday morning, so you'll have a lot of chances of seeing this show.

The currents also coincided with the new moon, which means there won't be a lot of glitter.

What are meteor showers?

In the solar system, there are lots of debris left over 4.5 billion years ago after planets were formed, some of which are comets and asteroids, and they're moving in orbits that cross the trajectory of the Earth's motion.

Every time these comets and asteroids approach the sun, they dump debris, and in hundreds or thousands of years their orbits are covered by large dust streams.

The earth is constantly passing through these debris when it moves around the sun, and that's how annual meteor showers come out, and every year we go back to the same point in our orbit, we run into the same waste stream, and then it burns in the atmosphere without hurting anyone.

What three meteor showers are we talking about?

These are the South Delta Aquarides, the Alpha Coserogi, and the Austrinid Picides.

The International Meteor Organization has shown 3D visualization of meteoric streams in the South Delta Aquarides and Alpha Koseroga, showing debris distributed through space.

South Delta Aquarides

The southern Delta Aquarides are the most active of the three streams, in which meteors move the fastest, most of the meteors you see this weekend are likely to belong to him.

The origin of South Delta's aquarid is a subject of controversy, and there is a well-established belief that the Southern Delta Aquarides and several other streams came from one parent's object, such as a large comet that fell apart a long time ago, leaving behind a huge amount of debris.

Over the millennia, debris has spread so much that the Earth encounters it several times a year, and the South Delta Aquarides are now linked to the 96P/Mahholtz comet, which is the most active object in the debris stream.

The southern Delta Aquarides were very active and in 2006 they caused a serious outbreak, and witnesses observed more than 60 meteors per hour during peak activity.


This stream of all three produces the slowest meteors, and sometimes they look like fire balls that eclipse the brightest stars.

Such meteors are likely to be photographed, so this is a great chance to practice astrophoto.

Austrinid's Pesticides

The last stream, Austrind's Pesticides, is probably the least studied of three, which is a small meteor shower in which, even in peak hours, only a few meteors per hour fall, and their speed is estimated to be medium.

Where do you look at the streams?

The key for observers is to determine when the radiant of the stream will be above the horizon, and the radio is the point in the sky from which all the meteors come.

The meteor showers are named after their radiant. Alpha Capricorn, for example, comes from a point near the star Alpha Capricorn.

How to See Flows?

Meteors can be seen at any time, starting in the middle of the evening, the best place to start is about 10:00 p.m. until dawn.

As soon as you're in a comfortable place, try not to look at the phone, you have to let your eyes get used to the darkness so you can see even the weakest meteors.

Early in the evening, it's best to look east or northeast, and by midnight and immediately after, it's better to watch the show, turning north, and before dawn, to west or northwest.