Its first peak, the Delta Aquariids meteor shower, is expected around 6 a.m. EDT (10 a.m. UTC) on Friday, according to EarthSky. Its radiation – the point from which meteor tracks appear – rises at midday, peaks at around 2 a.m. local time and drops into the sky at dawn.
As the Earth revolves around the sun, it encounters the lopsided orbit of a comet, whose icy surface leaves behind dust and rocks as it boils from the sun’s heat. When these space rocks fall toward our atmosphere, “resistance – or drag – of the air on the rock makes it extremely hot,” according to NASA. “What we’re seeing is a ‘shooting star’. This bright streak isn’t actually a rock, it’s hot, glowing air as hot rocks shoot through the atmosphere.
Suspected of originating from Comet 96P Machholz, meteor showers occur in the southern delta anytime between July 12 and August 23 annually. It can be seen best by people in the southern hemisphere and southern latitudes in the northern hemisphere, according to NASA. However, a dark, moonless sky is crucial, EarthSky confirmed. It is fitting that the moon is only 1% full during its peak.
Meteors, which tend to number 10 to 20 per hour and fly at 25 miles (41 kilometers) per second, are most visible between 2 a.m. and 3 a.m. in all time zones when the fainter constellation Aquarius the Water Bearer—the radiant shower point— It is the highest in the sky, according to EarthSky. About 5% to 10% of Delta Aquariid meteors leave stationary, glowing droplets and trails of ionized gas that remain for a second or two after the meteor passes.
If you go outside 30 minutes before you shower, your eyes can adjust to the dark, according to NASA. For those in the Southern Hemisphere, the radiation is closer to the top; People in the northern hemisphere should look at the southern part of the sky. You do not need to use a telescope. For a perfect view, NASA suggested finding an area away from artificial light and lying on your back, observing as much of the sky as possible.
How to watch Alpha Capricorn meteor
After the Delta Aquariids peak, there will be the Alpha Capricornids meteor shower, which occurs on Saturdays and Sundays while the moon is only 5% full, according to the American Meteorological Society.
This shower is not very powerful and rarely emits more than five meteors per hour, according to the community. However, Alpha Capricornids tend to produce bright fireballs during their peak and can be seen well by people on both sides of the equator.
Other space events this year
There are more meteor showers you can catch during the remainder of 2022, according to EarthSky’s 2022 Meteor Shower Guide:
- August 13: Perseids
- October 9: Draconids
- October 21: Orionids
- November 5: South Taurids
- November 12: North of Torres
- November 18: Leonids
- December 14: Geminids
- December 22: Ursids
You’ll also be able to see five more full moons in 2022, according to The Old Farmer’s Almanac:
- August 11: Sturgeon Moon
- September 10: Harvest Moon
- October 9: Hunter’s Moon
- November 8: Beaver Moon
- December 7: Cold Moon
There will be another total lunar eclipse and a partial solar eclipse in 2022, according to the old farmer’s calendar. A partial solar eclipse on October 25 will be visible to people in Greenland, Iceland, Europe, northeastern Africa, the Middle East, western Asia, India and western China.
The total lunar eclipse on November 8 can be seen in Asia, Australia, the Pacific, South America and North America between 3:01 a.m. ET and 8:58 a.m. ET. But for people in eastern North America, the moon will be setting during that time.
Wear appropriate eclipse glasses to view a solar eclipse safely, as sunlight can damage the eyes.