A DOUBLE meteor shower will peak tonight if two heavenly events overlap

A DOUBLE meteor shower will peak tonight if two celestial events overlap to bring up to 30 shooting stars per hour

  • The Alpha Capricornids and Southern Delta Aquariids are now in full swing
  • Alpha Capricornids reached a peak on 27th and the Southern Delta Aquariids on 30th
  • Both will produce visible shooting stars, made clearer by a dark moon
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The overlap of two peaking meteor showers this week could light up the sky last night with dozens of shooting stars.

Both the alpha Capricornids and the Southern delta Aquariids reach maximum activity towards the end of July – and, with the new moon approaching, extra dark skies can provide an excellent viewing experience.

The alpha Capricorns peaked this weekend and will continue to produce visible meteors until the beginning of next month, while the Aquariids will peak from Monday evening to Tuesday.

Both the alpha Capricornids and the Southern delta Aquariids reach maximum activity by the end of July. The southern delta aquariides will peak on the 30th, with 10-30 shooting stars per hour

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Both the alpha Capricornids and the Southern delta Aquariids reach maximum activity by the end of July. The southern delta aquariides will peak on the 30th, with 10-30 shooting stars per hour

According to the American Meteor Society, the Southern delta Aquariids have been active since July 21 and will reach the maximum activity on the 30th.

These meteors tend to be relatively weak, says AMS, although ten to thirty may be visible per hour.

Where you live determines how much you can see.

"For observers in the middle of the northern latitudes, the radiation value is low in the south and the hourly rates are closer to 10," according to the AMS.

"The radiant is best placed in the southern tropics, where it passes above the head and the speed will be up to 30."

The alpha Capricorns peaked this weekend and will continue to produce visible meteors until the beginning of next month, while the Aquariids will peak from Monday evening to Tuesday.

The alpha Capricorns peaked this weekend and will continue to produce visible meteors until the beginning of next month, while the Aquariids will peak from Monday evening to Tuesday.

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The alpha Capricorns peaked this weekend and will continue to produce visible meteors until the beginning of next month, while the Aquariids will peak from Monday evening to Tuesday.

The alpha Capricorns, on the other hand, started moving earlier in the month and reached their peak on 27 July.

It is expected that they will continue at a decreasing speed until 11 August and can deliver three to four per hour.

Viewers on the northern latitudes have the best chance of seeing one of these fireballs.

The alpha Capricorns will now be much more visible than they were earlier in the month when they had to compete with light from the bright full moon.

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As the alpha Capricorns end, the Perseids begin to appear.

The overlap of two peaking meteor showers this week could illuminate the night sky with dozens of shooting stars tonight. Photo file

The overlap of two peaking meteor showers this week could illuminate the night sky with dozens of shooting stars tonight. Photo file

The overlap of two peaking meteor showers this week could illuminate the night sky with dozens of shooting stars tonight. Photo file

But a full moon could steal much of the show.

The Perseids peak on August 13 and usually bring as many as 100 shooting stars per hour. However, because the peak is two days before the full moon, visibility is not ideal.

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"Under such circumstances, Perseid's percentages are usually reduced by at least 75%," said the AMS.

"These rates are still better than most nights of the year. So if your sky is clear and transparent, it would not be a waste to try and watch this activity.

& # 39; Just make sure you look in the opposite direction of the moon so that you can see the weakest possible meteors. & # 39;

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A asteroid is a large piece of rock that remains from collisions or the early solar system. Most are located between Mars and Jupiter in the main belt.

A comet is a rock covered with ice, methane and other compounds. Their orbits take them far beyond the solar system.

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A meteor call astronomers a flash of light in the atmosphere when debris burns out.

This debris itself is known as one meteoroid. Most are so small that they are evaporated into the atmosphere.

When one of these meteoroids reaches the earth, it is called one meteorite.

Meteors, meteoroids and meteorites are normally from asteroids and comets.

For example, when the earth passes through the tail of a comet, much of the debris burns in the atmosphere and forms a meteor shower.

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