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Two meteor showers to peak overnight Monday: American Meteor Society

Monday may bring a spectacle of meteors as two meteor showers are set to peak on the same night, according to the American Meteor Society.

The alpha Capricornids, which are active from July 3 to August 15, are also due to peak overnight Monday when the moon is six per cent full. Here's everything you need to know to catch the spectacular celestial show.

The forecast calls for partly cloudy skies in north and Central Jersey during the overnight with mainly clear conditions expected in South Jersey, according to the National Weather Service.

The shower-which lasts from July 12 to August 23-is best seen from the southern tropics.

According to AccuWeather, there should be 20 to 25 meteors visible per hour from dusk until dawn on Tuesday, with the best time for viewing right after midnight.

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

Delta Aquarids appear to originate from a point in front of the constellation Aquarius the Water Bearer, very close to the star Delta Aquarii, in the southern night sky.

LINK: For more information on the Delta Aquariids meteor shower, visit NASA's website.

The Alpha Capricornids offer just 3-4 per hour, but they are relatively slow moving and prone to producing fireballs. Meteor showers are best viewed as a whole.



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