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Look up: Dueling meteor showers to light up sky Monday night

Look up: Dueling meteor showers to light up sky Monday night”

While the Delta Aquariids are best seen from south of the equator, these ones are seen equally well from either side.

"The Delta Aquariids are best viewed in the Southern Hemisphere and southern latitudes of the Northern Hemisphere". On this night, the moon will be 6% full. This means relatively dark skies that will provide favorable viewing conditions-local weather permitting. In particular, you'll want to find a spot with a clear sight of the southern horizon because this is where the meteors will appear to be originating-or radiating-from, Thrillist reported.

A combination of 20 to 25 meteors will be visible per hour as long as the clouds don't interfere with viewing conditions, according to AccuWeather.

To get the best view, go somewhere with little light pollution and the most unobstructed view of the night sky.

Two out of three major meteor showers active during July and August will peak overnight Monday according to the American Meteor Society (AMS).

Together, viewers could see a potential 21 meteors per hour.

We experience meteor showers when Earth passes the orbital path of a comet and the comet's debris hits the Earth's upper atmosphere.

Most of the time meteoroids burn up before they reach the ground, but if one manages to reach the planet's surface it is known as a meteorite.

The Southern delta Aquariids, which are active from July 12 to August 23, are considered a strong shower, bringing about 16 meteors across the sky per hour.



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