Look up! 6 Meteor showers to watch now

2017-08-07 18:00 - Ishani Chetty
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Gazing into the stars and the giant abyss of the universe can be a magical experience for us earthlings. More and more the focus on space is increasing as technological advances allow us to better understand the earth and the universe.

While there are a number of phenomenon to leave us in awe of our planet's existence - a meteor showers are basically everybody's pas to the sky.

Until mid-join, there are six not-to-be-missed showers to add to your diary - from shooting stars to raining yellow hues in the sky - it's time to look up.  

According to NASA meteor expert Bill Cooke  - the most popular meteor shower is know as the 'Perseid Meteor'. Unfortunately due to a 'gibbous moon' the peak of this meteor shower will be 'clouded. 

This is a chance to focus on the 'minor meteor showers that peak during late July to mid August. 

Look up! 6 Meteor showers to watch

According to Space.com - the minor meteor showers radiant will peak in the Southern park of the sky from midnight till 04:00 am at altitudes ranging from 15 - 30 degrees above the horizon. The radiant is understood as the point in the sky from which the meteor originates. 

Meteor showers are unpredictable - as estimated numbers indicated in the list provided may differ during occurrence. The number of meteors one can see in a hour is dependent on the sky conditions and the level of radiant. The lower the radiant, the fewer number of meteors are seen. 

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Perseids meteor shower captured in 2016.

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Minor Meteors

1. Capricornids 

Date active: 10 July - 15 August 2017

Viewing: Slight interference from the moon at start of August. Sporadic fall - few meteors per hour. 

2. Delta Aquarids

Date active: 15 July - 15 August 2017

Viewing: Meteor is coming from two radiants - meaning two different meteor showers will occur. Favorable conditions at 02:30 am.

3. Piscis Austrinids

Date active: 15 July - 20 August 2017

Viewing: Favorable conditions during the morning - 8 meteors visible per hour in the Southern Hemisphere

4. Alpha Capricornids 

Date active: 15 July - 25 August 2017

Viewing: Radiant is the Capricorious constellation in the South South-West. Described as 'fireball' yellow and bright meteors - clear to see.



All three meteor showers are known as the 'trio shower' and can be viewed from the Southern and Northern hemisphere. 

5. Iota Aquarids 

Date active: 15 July - 25 August 2017

Viewing: It is a two radiant shower - reaching the highest point at 6 meteors per hour. 

6. Perseids

Date active: 25 July - 15 August 2017

Viewing: On 12 August the meteor shower will be interfered by the 'gibbous moon' according to Space.com. From the mid evening hours till 06:00 am - the maximum number of meteors can be seen when the sky is at its darkest. This is the biggest meteor shower and is said to be the brightest in 2017. 

Do not miss out on the Perseids meteor shower!

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