Delta Aquarids Meteor Shower

July 28, 2024 – July 29, 2024 all-day America/Chicago Timezone

The Delta Aquarid meteor shower, active from July 12 to August 23, is best viewed in the pre-dawn hours, especially around its peak on July 28-29. While the second quarter moon may obscure fainter meteors, find yourself a dark locations after midnight for a better chance to see the brighter ones.

Favoring the Southern Hemisphere and tropical Northern Hemisphere regions like the southern U.S., this shower produces 15 to 20 meteors per hour. Originating from debris left by comets Marsden and Kracht, these meteors radiate near the star Skat in the Aquarius constellation. Unlike many showers, the Delta Aquarids don’t have a sharp peak, instead offering a steady display through late July and early August. During early August, they often coincide with the Perseids, providing an enhanced experience, particularly from southerly latitudes. Got insomnia? You’re in luck! The optimal viewing time is an hour or two before dawn.