#Meteor #Space – Meteor Shower: Delta Aquarids Peak Tonight July 29, Spectacular Perseid Meteor Light Show Takes Place August 11 And 12 : With the Delta Aquarids meteor shower already underway, the 2016 version of the annual Perseid meteor shower is scheduled to peak on the night of August 11 to 12 and promises to be even more impressive than usual. According to astronomers, observers may see double or even triple the number of shooting stars this year.
A meteor shower occurs when the Earth’s orbit takes it into the path of a comet. The Perseid meteor shower, so-called because the shooting stars appear to come from the part of the sky occupied by the constellation Perseus, consists of particles of debris that originate with the Swift-Tuttle comet.
As the Earth passes through the comet’s tail, from about mid-July to mid-August of each year, some of the particles in the cloud of dust and ice ignite as they come into contact with Earth’s atmosphere. The streaks of light, or shooting stars, are really bits of dust burning up in our atmosphere, traveling at a rate of 37 miles or 59 kilometers per second.
The source of the debris responsible for the Delta Aquarids meteor shower remains a mystery. As reported in Gizmodo, there are multiple current theories about which comet produced the trail of debris that appears to originate within the constellation Aquarius.
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The Delta Aquarids Meteor Shower
The Delta Aquarids meteor shower is smaller in terms of the rate of shooting stars than the Perseids, and it is already underway. Visible already since July 12, according to Astronomy Magazine, the Delta Aquarids meteor shower will peak tonight, the night of July 29 to 30. The meteor shower should produce between 15 and 20 shooting stars per hour during the prime viewing hours after midnight.