Photo: Reuters/Ali Jarekji
The Delta Aquarids meteor shower 2014 will peak on July 29-30, and analysts have indicated that the absence of a bright moon in the sky could help create an extremely good viewing experience for skygazers.
In further exciting news for sky watchers, the Delta Aquarids are not the only feature, and the Perseid meteor shower also has begun. NASA cameras in New Mexico were able to identify some Perseid fireballs on Sunday, July 27. The amazing sight has come about as Earth entered the stream of debris that the Comet Swift-Tuttle left behind.
NASA cameras spotted at least five Perseid fireballs over the weekend. According to the Spaceweather.com report, the fireballs mark the start of the 2014 Perseid meteor shower.
For the Delta Aquarids, up to 20 meteors per hour are expected to be seen during the peak before dawn on Tuesday, July 29 and Wednesday, July 30.
According to analysts, watchers in the Southern Hemisphere will have the advantage of a better viewing experience this year, although those in the Northern Hemisphere should still be able to catch a glimpse of the meteor shower.
For those hoping to see the meteors with the naked eye, they are advised to find a dark place away from city lights. Also viewers should allow 10-15 minutes outside in the dark for their eyes to adjust before having an optimal viewing experience.
The Delta Aquarids meteor shower can also be watched online via the Slooh virtual observatory, which has announced that it will be offering a live video stream of the meteor shower from the Institute of Astrophysics in the Canary Islands as well as the Prescott Observatory in Arizona on Monday, July 28.
The live stream will start at 10 pm ET (7 p.m. PDT/2 a.m. GMT).
According to NBC News, NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center will be putting on a live Ustream video view in Huntsvill, Alabama on Tuesday, July 29. That will start at 9:30 pm ET.
The 2014 Perseid meteor shower peak will be from Aug 11-13.
Here is a UStream live stream video of the Delta Aquarids Meteor Shower 2014: